Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholl

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholl, 21, of Lincoln, Neb.

LCpl Scholl was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Nov. 14, 2006 from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

Ed Darack, a freelance photographer, was embedded with Michael D. Scholl's platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005.

Scholl helped him, giving him anti-malaria pills from his own supply and introducing him to the Afghans he had befriended.

"He was very good at what he did," Darack said. "He was smart and tough and dedicated. The best of the best."

Scholl, 21, of Lincoln, Neb., was killed Nov. 14 by a roadside bomb in Haditha. He was a 2002 high school graduate and was assigned to Kaneohe Bay.

Scholl had been denied enlistment at first because he was diagnosed with a kidney condition, but he obtained a medical waiver.

He went through a troubled time when his older brother, Trenton, died in 2000. But he turned it around and graduated from high school at 17.

Scholl worked at a McDonald's and a convenience store. He studied briefly at Southeast Community College, and he was active in a car club, where he met Erich Kaiser.

"He was just one of those kids," Kaiser said. "He brought a whole new kind of life to our club."

He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and infant daughter, Addison Rose.

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholl was killed in action on 11/14/06.

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