Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Marine Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, 21, of Burkeville, Va.

Cpl. Yale was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 22, 2008 of wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Balad, Iraq. Also killed was Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter.

Marine Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale remembered
The Associated Press

Jonathan T. Yale’s mother said he was the kind of guy who liked to make people happy.

“He was the class clown, even when he wasn’t at school,” Rebecca Yale said. “But he also didn’t mind sitting home with his momma to watch a chick flick with a box of Kleenex between us. He was the best boy you could ask for.”

Yale, 21, of Burkeville, Va., was killed April 22 during the explosion of a suicide vehicle in Ramadi. He was a 2006 high school graduate and was assigned to Camp Lejeune.

When he was little, Yale loved to hang out with his granddad “in the bush and the thicket,” his grandfather, William Sydnor Sr., said. “I used to call him ‘Wild Man.’ No matter how much he would get scratched up in the woods, he always wanted to go again next time.”

Mother and son were so close that when he got stationed at Camp Lejeune almost two years ago, she and his sister moved to North Carolina from Virginia to be closer to him.

Yale became an “awesome skateboarder” and “one of the top paintball players” in the area, according to his mother. She said he was setting up a Web site for a paintball team he had founded.

Marine Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale was killed in action on 4/22/08.

Jonathan Yale

Jonathan Yale back

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Anonymous said...

"Where do we find such courageous men", thank you Cpl. Yale.

Anonymous said...

"They did not step back, They did not step aside, They did not even shift their weight" - I cry when I think of them..... I thank you

Anonymous said...

i had never really though of all you guys do. until this happened thank you for all you do. i am sad to know what happen. it scares me. but we have some very brave people in our country!!!!

Anonymous said...

I never have forgotten or will forget about this. I graduated in 2006 and checked in to 2/8 with Cpl Yale. Losing him was horrible espicially because we were so close to going home without a combat loss. Yale was supporting his wife, kid, mom, and sister. Keep him in thoughts this Veterans Day.