3 MARCH 1987 – 18 JULY 2010
Sgt Joe Wrightsman reported to Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD Parris Island for basic training on 16 May 2005. After graduating basic training on 12 August 2005, he reported to the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. He graduated with the Military Occupational Specialty of 0311, Rifleman on 21 October 2005. After graduation, he reported to Kilo Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for duty.
In March 2006, Sgt Wrightsman deployed with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines to Haditha, Iraq, where he served as a point man for 1st squad in 1st
Military Schools: Basic Training, School of Infantry, and Martial Arts Instructor’s Course
Sgt Wrightsman is survived by his son Makae, his father John Wrightsman, mother Connie Merritt, brothers Michael, Lonnie, and Andre, and sisters Jomice, Tiamillia, Lillie, Trina, Shalon, Ashley and Rachelle.
Awards: Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 3 Campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 stars, NATO Medal, Certificate of Commendation.
My buddy, Jimmy Ferriss, replaced me as Kilo’s 1stSgt back in 2008.
They’re sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e’er I had,
They’d wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.