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Jonathan Etterling

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Lance Corporal Jonathan Edward Etterling

Class of 2002
 
Inducted: July 2005 
 

Killed in action, Al Rutbah
Inducted posthumously

Lcpl Johnathan Etterling (age 22) died in service to his country when the CH53E helicopter he was in crashed on January 26, 2005, on what has been called the deadliest day of the war in Iraq. Johnathan was deployed to Iraq and ultimately his Battalion was attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) where he battled insurgents in Fallujah for 5 months. He and the expeditionary unit were being transported west to assist with the elections held the last week of January when the CH53E crashed in AI Rutbah.

Jonathan was proud to be a Marine and proud to serve his country. Jonathan paid the ultimate price for freedom of other; he gave his life.

Community:
Attended Bloom Free Will Baptist Church

Awards and Honors:
National Defense Service Medal Sea Service Deployment Medal (2)
Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism (GWOn) Expeditionary Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Combat Action Ribbon

Military Service:
2002 - 2005 Rank: Lance corporal
 Duties: weapons specialist, machine gun team leader, and a member of the USMC Expeditionary Forces
 Stationed: Kane'Ohe Bay, Hawaii, the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, Charlie Company

WHS Activities:
Football
Track
Night of the arts
Shawnee, art show
Chorale ensemble
Junior and Senior plays

Personal:
Parents: William and Kay Etterling
Sister: Angela Vallance


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