Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski
March 16, 1977 to March 27, 2007
Photo provided by Elizabeth Reed & Find A Grave
Golczynski, who had been a Marine reservist for 12 years, was shot March 27 by enemy fire while on patrol in Anbar province, where he was stationed on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve’s Third Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Fourth Marine Division, in Nashville. Golczynski received the Purple Heart.
Just days before he left for his second tour, Marc sent a letter to his family that would be his epitaph.
“Due to our deep desire to finish the job we started, we fight and sometimes die so that our families don’t have to. Stand beside us because we would do it for you. Because it is our unity that’s enabled us to prosper the nation,” Marc wrote. Source
Golczynski’s funeral produced one of the most iconic wartime photos, that of his son Christian receiving the American flag that had draped the coffin:
April 5, 2007 photograph of young Christian Golczynski accepting the American flag from Marine Lt. Col. Ric Thompson.
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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.