Action 442 - Honor Heroes (Mile 23). I will run mile twenty-three in honor of Cpl Michael Dutcher. At his memorial service, it was said of this diehard and dedicated Marine that he "represented the very best of our mountains.” The Reverend at the service mentioned a past slogan of Buncombe County, “Men to match our mountains.” “Michael indeed matched our mountains in courage, faithfulness and integrity,” Brown said. “He’s one of our sons, and he’s one of our heroes.”
I will run this mile in honor of this fallen Marine warrior, dedicated son and brother. Semper Fi, Corporal.
Marine Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher died September 15, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 22, of Asheville, N.C.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Sept. 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
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