coxswains honor fallen brother in Iraq
Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group
Story Identification #: 20051462916
Story by Sgt. Luis R. Agostini
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Jan. 4, 2005) -- "In
a crowd you see him,
standing so very tall.
Not too much impresses him,
He's seen and done it all.
His hair is short, his eyes are sharp,
is a little blue,
And it's the only indication of hell he's been through.
It belongs to sacred brotherhood always faithful
to the end,
Walked right into battle
And walked back out again.
Many people think him foolish for having no regrets,
having lived through things that others would like to forget.
He's First to go last to know,
Never questions why,
whether it is right or wrong,
But only do or die.
He walked path most won't take,
And lost much along the way.
takes a lot of freedom,
But it's small price to pay
He's chosen to live a life off of the beaten track,
each time he goes, he might not make it back.
So Next time you see a devil dog be grateful of all he's given,
it for you.
Don't go up and ask him what it's like to be in war,
Just thank God it's your country he's always fighting
Thank him, too, for all the hell he's seen in cammie green,
And thank him for having the courage to be a United
-- Read during memorial service for Lance Cpl. Brian P. Parello
The Marine coxswains of 2nd
Marine Division's Small Craft Company paid their respects to a fellow warrior during a memorial service on the shores of Lake Habbaniyah here
Jan. 4, 2005.
Lance Cpl. Brian P. Parello, 20, was killed in action Jan. 1, 2005, while conducting operations against
anti-Iraqi forces in Iraq's Al Anbar Province.
was born June 7, 1985, in Englewood, N.J.
He joined the Marine Corps Sept. 22, 2003, and completed recruit training in December. He then headed off to the School of Infantry at Camp
Upon completion of S.O.I., he received orders
to Small Craft Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. He joined the company on March 19, 2004, and became part
of 4th Platoon, 1st Section as 2nd team leader.
Parello was selected to become a small unit riverine craft coxswain
in July 2004, in preparation for deployment to Iraq
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once in theater, he participated in many operations, beginning with the 24th Marine
Expeditionary Unit, where he participated in numerous riverine security patrols.
His personal awards include the Purple
Heart (Posthumous), Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.