Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Action 376 - Honor Heroes (Mile 18).

I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.

Action 376 - Honor Heroes (Mile 18). I will run mile eighteen in honor of Staff Sgt. Joseph "Joe" Henry Fankhauser . A career Marine, he had already served four tours in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Fallujah. He was about three weeks into his second tour in Afghanistan.

I will run this mile in honor of this fallen EOD warrior, dedicated husband and son. Semper Fi, Staff Sergeant.

Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser, 30, of McAllen, Texas, died April 22, in support of combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He was an explosive ordinance disposal technician assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group.

(Photo from Heather Fankhauser via Facebook; summary courtesy of militarytimes.com.)

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