Lance Cpl. Billy D. “B.J.” Brixey Jr
Jul. 18, 1984 to Jan. 27, 2006
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Brixey died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received as a result of an improvised explosive device while traveling in a convoy in Afghanistan on January 25, 2006. During Operation Enduring Freedom, his unit was attached to 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on January 27, 2006.
Brixey joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and moved to Hawaii one year later. He deployed to Afghanistan as a motor transport mechanic.
Several hundred Marines from Brixley’s battalion left Hawaii for a seven-month tour in Afghanistan. They relieved a fellow Hawaii-based unit, the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
Brixley was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.