This morning, Ric and I will join the Marines, families and friends of Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. We will mourn the passing of eight Marines, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  1. PFC Sean Cardelli
  2. LCpl Geofrey Cayer
  3. PFC Javier Chavez Jr.
  4. Cpl Jason Morrow
  5. PFC Rex Page
  6. SSgt Raymond J. Plouhar
  7. LCpl Benito Ramirez
  8. Cpl Ross Smith

These Marines are loved and missed by so many. They deserve to be recognized for their Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Godspeed to these heroes, and may today bring a small measure of comfort to their families in their time of grief.

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