Friday, December 10, 2010

Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green, 34, of Alexander City, Ala.

SSgt Green was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Dec. 10, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

ALEXANDER CITY, AL. (WSFA) - Alexander City is mourning the loss of one of its own, a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green, 34, of Alexander City died Friday, December 10, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The city is planning to receive the body of Staff Sgt. Green on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Flags will line U.S. 280 in Alexander City and the flag at Patriot Point will be lowered to half-staff to welcome the soldier back home.

Funeral service for Staff Sergeant Stacy Andrew Green, USMC, 34, of Alexander City, will be Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm at the Faith Temple. Rev. Ira Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hillview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 17, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home.

Staff Sergeant Green passed away on Friday, December 10, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was born on August 22, 1976 in Alexander City, Alabama to Stanley Eugene Green and Gloria Jean Miller Green. He had served in the United States Marine Corp for the past ten years. His unit, stationed at Camp Lejune, NC. was deployed in Afghanistan in August. SSGT Green graduated from Daleville High School in 1995.

“He was a marine full-time. It was his career,” his brother, Tony Green, said.

Tony Green said his brother joined the marines 10 years ago and was deployed to Iraq three times before his deployment to Afghanistan.

“He enjoyed it,” Tony Green said of his brother’s career as a marine. “It changed his life.”

Green’s close friend, Richard Vaughan, said he met Green about two years ago and described the marine as a very outspoken individual who loved his life and lived it to the fullest.

“You know that one dude that made everyone laugh? That was him,” Vaughan shared. “He was the life of the party.”

Vaughan added that Green loved his mother as well as his two Alaskan huskies, Joker and Ace.

“You would just click with him instantly,” Vaughan said. “He never met a stranger. He was a real good person.”

Tony Green described his brother, who lived in Jacksonville, S.C. but came home to Alexander City for holidays and vacations, as very cheerful and said he loved playing online military games.

Tony Green said that before his brother’s deployment in August, he gave him his Facebook account password so he would have it should anything happen to him.

“I got on (Facebook) Friday and let his friends know,” Tony Green said.

Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for Green’s family on his Facebook page from many of his friends.

“Hadn’t seen Stacy in years. Can truly say he was one of the best men I’ve ever known. Thanks for always having my back,” David Asbill posted.

Green’s classmates from Daleville High School also showed their support and shared how much they would miss Green.

“Stacy was my friend and fellow Warhawk on the O-line at Daleville. He was a friend to anyone he met, regardless of their social standing. He will be missed. Thank you Stacy for your service to our country. In time, we will all see you again!,” Daven Davenport posted.

Finally, a number of Green’s fellow marines offered their condolences.

“I can’t believe it was you who had to go. One of the few, who could talk to like a man, and get an honest opinion, and always had our backs. The Marine Corps needs more guys like you. I am proud to have served with you, and my condolences go to your family,” Nathaniel Eliott Ffokinok posted.

Green said the family appreciates all the support.

“He was a great brother,” Tony Green said.

Green’s remains arrived on U.S. soil Sunday, when transported by a U.S. Marine Corps carry team at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Tony Green said.

Marine Staff Sgt. Stacy A. Green was killed in action on 12/10/10.

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