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Sgt Charles I. Cartwright, USMC, 26, Union Bridge, MD (Afghanistan)
Afghan conflict claims decorated Marine from Union Bridge
Sgt. Cartwright had enlisted one day before Sept. 11, 2001
By David M. Johnson, Capital News Service
WASHINGTON — Sgt. Charles I. Cartwright, 26, a member of the Marine Corps from Union Bridge, died Nov. 7, caught in hostile fire in the Farah Province of western Afghanistan, according to the Marine Corps Forces Special Office of Command.
Cartwright graduated in 2001 from Walkersville High School in Frederick County, where he helped the Lions bring home the county wrestling championship his senior year, according to The Frederick News Post.
Months after graduation — and one day before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — Cartwright enlisted in the Marine Corps.
He was married December 2008, 11 months to the day of his passing.
A public memorial group for Cartwright has already gone up on Facebook, the social networking site. The group has provided a forum for mourners to post photos, share stories and pay tribute to him.
Among them are stories from friends about Chuck.
Rebecca Cartwright, Charles' sister, wrote, "Baby Brother, I will forever be indebted to you, your courage and your service. I miss you so much but know you were not afraid or scared."
After enlisting as an 18-year-old, Cartwright trained in reconnaissance. He went on to serve tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and won a total of four service deployment ribbons.
Cartwright was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 1, 2006, and joined the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Because of the base’s location, on the Pacific Ocean, he reportedly took up surfing as a hobby.
Cartwright was twice awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle, and accumulated numerous other decorations for his outstanding performance.
Those included a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, a Navy Presidential Unit Citation, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Iraqi Campaign Medals, the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a NATO medal and two Certificates of Commendation.
Chuck was in MARSOC...Marine Special Operations Command. He was a Marine scout sniper. He was ahead of everyone else, placing his safety aside so his brothers-in-arms had the best chance possible to achieve victory. In his final battle, Chuck refused to leave a fellow marine behind, wounded in combat. His squad was small, three at most. Quite possibly just him and his spotter...i dont know all the details. I DO know that when they found his body, he had over 300 spent rounds of ammunition all around him. He gave our enemies hell. He made the ultimate sacrifice. He fought for our freedom.
I will never forget you Chuck. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for keeping us safe.