Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Marine Lance Cpl. Mark R. Goyet

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Mark R. Goyet, 22, of Sinton, Texas

LCpl Goyet was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 28, 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

SINTON, Texas -- Mark Goyet, 22, was killed in action while conducting combat operations in the Nahr-E Savaj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 28, 2011.

Mark was born in Hampton, Va., on April 23, 1989, and although he lived in Mayport, Fla., for the first six years of his life, he considered himself a Texan to his core.

In the last letter sent to his mother, received just prior to his untimely death, he specifically requested a Texas flag so he could proudly display his Texan heritage in front of his tent.

Mark was a Sinton Pirate. He graduated from Sinton High School in 2007 where he excelled at sports which included football, basketball, tennis and track. He was a first team all-district selection for both football and basketball during his senior year.

Mark always embraced and enjoyed life like there was no tomorrow. He devoted his life to making others happy, and when he walked into a room, everyone knew he was there. His family and friends will always remember Mark for his joyful smile and wonderful hugs.

Goyet was on his second combat deployment since he enlisted on Feb. 25, 2008, according to the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

LCpl Goyet is survived by his parents, Commander Raymond and Martha Goyet of St. Paul, Texas; two sisters, Jenna (Joshua) Cordy of 29 Palms, Calif., and Brianne (John) Schumann of Rivera, Texas; maternal grandparents, Philip and Nancy Curran of Westbrook; nieces, Mia Lane Cordy and Madelyn Schumann, and nephews, Ryan Schumann and Calvin Schumann. Preceding in death are paternal grandparents, Raymond and Muriel Goyet.

Marine Lance Cpl. Mark R. Goyet was killed in action on 6/28/11.

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