Action 284 - Honor Heroes (Mile 10). I will run mile ten in honor of LCpl John Sparks. He served as a machine gunner with Dark Horse 3/5. He is remembered as a mentor and friend to all who knew him. I will run this mile in honor of this fallen brother.
Marine Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, 23, of Chicago;
Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Oct. 8, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
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