In memory of Sgt Joe Wrightsman, hardcore USMC.

Two years ago this week a man of valor fell in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — A Marine says goodbye to Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during his memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

 In his memory, a fine young American will be running the Marine Corps Marathon raising funds for the International Association of Fire Fighters. In her words: Joe lived for only 23 years, but gave so much back to our nation. He was one of many heroes that willingly sacrifice themselves for the safety of others. Sadly we don’t hear about each and every one of them, or get to know them unless if there is a 5-minute media coverage. I told Joe’s story to my family and friends; they were touched just as much as I was. So we came up with the idea to run a fund raising campaign for this race and dedicating it to Joe’s loving memory.”

Nila contacted me asking if she could use a photo from the blog on her fundraising site and I said I’d do her one better. Fire fighters and paramedics being my kind of ninjas, I said I’d post the link to her fundraiser here. So without further ado:

Clark Kent has nothing on this guy.

It is my understanding Nila has been training her tail feathers off and intends to win the entire event. At least that is what I told her was the price of my posting a link. So if you like betting on a sure thing and giving to a worthy charity in the name of a worthy Marine, go check out Nila’s fundraising site and throw some money her way.

Semper Fidelis!
America’s SgtMaj

/ / / /


  1. I posted the link on my FB page. I probably can’t put it on my blog because it has had a major meltdown and I haven’t figured out exactly what it’s problem is yet…..

  2. I served in the same Company as Sgt. Wrightsman and although I did not know him personally, I knew OF him. He had a reputation for being a hard core Marine and I can guarantee that there’s not a single Marine that’s served under him that would say otherwise or that he is not missed. A true Marine. And one of the best leaders I’ve ever had the honor of meeting.

    RIP Brother

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

you may like this post