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Lejeune Marine's widow shocked by death

Posted February 22, 2010

— The widow of a Camp Lejeune-based Marine says that she is still trying believe the news of his death Thursday in Afghanistan.

The military has announced the deaths of 13 service members since a massive NATO offensive against the Taliban began Feb. 13 in the southern province of Helmand. At least seven of the military personnel killed were part of Camp Lejeune's II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, 27, of Columbus, Indiana, was among those killed. He left behind his wife, Rae McQueary, and their 5-month-old son, Hadley.

"It's still kind of hard to believe that it's him. I have not seen a body," Rae McQueary told WRTV, a CBS News affiliate in Columbus, Indiana. "In my heart, I just want to believe that it's not real."

WRTV reports that Jeremy McQueary was last home for Hadley's birth.

Rae McQueary had gotten a tattoo of the number "18" to surprise her husband at his scheduled homecoming in two months. It stands for the day of the month they got married.

Now it also stands for the day he died: Feb. 18, 2010.

The military has named the other Lejeune Marines killed Feb. 13-18: Cpl. Jacob H. Turbett, 21, of Canton, Mich.; Pfc. Jason H. Estopinal, 21, of Dallas, Ga.; Pfc. Eric Currier, 21, of New Hampshire; Lance Cpl. Larry Johnson, 19,  of Pennsylvania; Pfc. Kyle Coutu, 20, of Rhode Island; and Lance Cpl. Kielin T. Dunn, 19, of Virginia.

As well, Lance Cpl. Noah M. Pier, 25, a Charlotte native assigned to a Hawaii-based Marine unit, died Thursday.


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  • Jax is proud to be an American Feb 22, 2010

    Well said Jenni.
    I too am a Marine Wife and I am thankful that my husband served our country. When I read this my heart sank and a lump grew in my throat. I am so saddened for these families and friends of these men and women.

    Semper Fi You are in my prayers!

    **The discussion on here should be paying your respects to these families and not about the political aspect of it. **

  • BubbaDuke Feb 22, 2010

    Watsun - This war is not over oil, as any informed citizen would know. This war is about Islamaic errorists flying our planes into our buildings and killing our countrymen. We import only 23% of our oil from the Middle East; and 17% of that 23% comes from Saudi Arabia. Most of the U.S. oil comes from Canada. Next time, check your facts before accepting the liberal lies.

    Even if your hypothesis were correct, the importance of protecting the oil in the Middle East is because those nations rely on oil for the majority of their wealth. They would be poorer than Africa or Haiti without oil; and a burden upon the rest of the world.

    We are engaged in this war because we're fighting to protect ourselves from nations and ideologies that hate us. They don't need a reason to hate, it's just something they've done for centuries. Fortunately, we are both more civilized and stronger than the enemy is. God bless this Marine and his family for protecting us from evil.

  • HappyGirl08 Feb 22, 2010

    How sad for all those families.

  • Adelinthe Feb 22, 2010

    "In my heart, I just want to believe that it's not real."

    That's totally understandable, and I grieve for those who loved them just as I grieve for brothers because they're Marines and I'm a former Marine.

    You will forever be missed dear ones.

    SEMPER FI!!!

    God bless.


  • wattsun Feb 22, 2010

    I am not definitely not an anti-war person, but the undercurrents in these 2 campaigns are not about anyones freedom , or keeping us "safe", but for a few elitists to gain control of Oil and Heroin production in the region.
    The public has been sold this lie over and over again. How many times as Americans are we going to fall for this switch and bait tactic?

    I have family enlisted right now. My support is for them is 100% and unconditionally, but that does not mean I have to agree with the policies set forth placing them in immanent danger.
    I do not want to see my family come home in a body bag in order for a few criminals to get richer.

  • whyalltheproblems Feb 22, 2010

    amen, jeninnc.
    prayers for the families...
    so so very sad.

  • Historian-the naked gardener Feb 22, 2010

    Godspeed Sgt, Semper Fi!!!

  • Worland Feb 22, 2010

    Most of us in the military have never looked upon the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan as "senseless". We have been a part of the greatest military campaign of the 21st Century. Something greater than ourselves. We have liberated millions of people from oppression and returned to them the most precious of all rights... Freedom. We have doubled the number of Democracies in the Middle East... which is the foundation for peace in a region which has never known it. Democracy will spread to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc before the end of this century. Everyone should be in awe... since our soldiers did it all on a shoe-string budget. The least expensive war (GDP) in our country's history... and with the media, Hollywood and many of our Representatives cheering for the enemy.

    I would have to take a good long look at my life, at what I have or ever will accomplish, before daring to say what we in the military have been fighting and dying for is "senseless".

  • smcallah Feb 22, 2010

    "The Constitution and Bill of Rights already had that covered."

    I'm pretty anti-war, and you CAN say that about these wars. But you can't really say that. The Constitution has to be defended. Would you have said that during the Revolutionary War? The War of 1812? World War II?

    Just because it's written on a piece of paper doesn't mean it will always be true unless there is some blood lost behind it.

  • Granny Feb 22, 2010

    I am so sorry about your loss...my prayers are with this Soldiers wife & child and other famiy members. Thank you for what you have done of our country!!