Saturday, August 12, 2006

Lance Corporal Travis J. Kaemmerer, RIP

The Marine Combat Journalist who wrote the story of Sgt. Raael Peralta's heroic death in the battle of Falluja-
"You’re still here, don’t forget that. Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today."
...Ready to rush into the rear part of the house, Peralta threw open the door.
‘POP! POP! POP!’ Multiple bursts of cap-gun-like sounding AK-47 fire rang throughout the house.
Three insurgents with AK-47s were waiting for us behind the door.
Peralta was hit several times in his upper torso and face at point-blank range by the fully-automatic 7.62mm weapons employed by three terrorists.
Mortally wounded, he jumped into the already cleared, adjoining room, giving the rest of us a clear line of fire through the doorway to the rear of the house...
In an act living up to the heroes of the Marine Corps’ past, such as Medal of Honor recipients Pfc. James LaBelle and Lance Cpl. Richard Anderson, Peralta – in his last fleeting moments of consciousness- reached out and pulled the grenade into his body. LaBelle fought on Iwo Jima and Anderson in Vietnam, both died saving their fellow Marines by smothering the blast of enemy grenades.

has died in a traffic accident.

Crash claims Taunton Marine
By Dave Wedge
Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - Updated: 11:52 AM EST

A Taunton soldier who survived a deadly battle in Iraq and penned an award-winning tale of the fire-fight died when his car slammed into a parked truck on a Virginia highway, police said.

Travis Kaemmerer, a Marine who was engaged to his high school sweetheart, was driving north on Interstate 95 in Lorton, Va., when his 2000 Ford Mustang left the road and crashed into a box truck sitting on the median strip with its driver inside.

Thank God for men like Cpl. Kaemmerer and Sgt. Peralta.
(via Fred Schoeneman)

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