Sgt Wrightsman Memorial, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

SERGEANT JOE L. WRIGHTSMAN
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 platoon. In July 2007, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Kharma, Iraq, where he served as a team leader for his squad. In April 2009, he arrived in Ar Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a squad leader for 1st platoon. In May 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as a squad leader for 3rd platoon. He was combat meritoriously promoted to Sgt effective 2 Aug 2010.

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.

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

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Cpl. Travis A. Riel, Lance Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse and Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Leventhal begin a rifle ceremony to place the battlefield cross of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during a memorial ceremony at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Cpl. Travis A. Riel, a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, places a rifle to begin the battlefield cross of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during a 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)
PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Michael A. Barnhouse, a team leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, places a helmet atop the battlefield cross of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman during a memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. Wrightsman was a mentor and friend to Barnhouse for the past two and a half years. Barnhouse attributes the Marine he is today because of Wrightsman’s guidance. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Joshua S. Leventhal, a grenadier with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, completes Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s battlefield cross by placing boots and identification tags on the monument during a 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)

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — First Sgt. Jimmy D. Ferriss, first sergeant of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, performs roll call during a memorial ceremony honoring the life of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Ferriss called out Wrightsman’s name during roll call only to be answered by crushing silence – a reminder of the loss. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

My buddy, Jimmy Ferriss, replaced me as Kilo’s 1stSgt back in 2008.

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Haji Abdul Manaf, Nawa District governor, honors Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s memory by saluting his battlefield cross during a memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. “His dedication will stay forever in the history of Afghanistan and will be remembered forever by the people of Nawa,” Manaf said. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — The rifle detail at Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s memorial service maintain their bearing as a departing helicopter shrouds the service in sand at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Mementos placed at the base of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman’s battlefield cross. A memorial service honoring Wrightsman took place at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, July 30, 2010. Wrightsman died supporting combat operations July 18, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

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)

Oh, all the comrades e’er I had,
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.

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