Than he who would lay his life down for his friends. Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Marc A. Lee from Hood River, Oregon was killed in action this week while providing cover fire for a wounded comrade on a Ramadi rooftop.
U.S. Navy officers told his mother, Debbie Lee, that her son died minutes after he single-handedly held off enemy fighters as his team rescued a soldier wounded on a rooftop by a sniper.
Marc was part of a major operation to clear out terrorists from the center of the city in conjunction with the US Army's 1st Armored Division. According to news reports two other SEALs were wounded during the operation-one severely. My sources in the AO report that the seriously injured frog remains in critical condition and may have lost his sight in at least one eye. I would ask that all B5 readers send a prayer upstairs for this brother of mine and keep Marc Lee's family in your thoughts and prayers as well.
Unfortunately, the SEAL Team's record of no combat fatalities in Iraq has now been broken. Up to this point, we had not lost a man during OIF. A few months ago when I was on active duty for a couple weeks, I worked as a combat medicine instructor with this Team prior to their departure for western Iraq. I had the chance to spend time with many old friends during this trip and we gathered around the keg during family night swapping stories and downing beers just before their deployment. Marc had joined the Teams in 2004 so I hadn't had the privilege of knowing him, but that hardly matters. He was a frogman and therefore a brother and I wish him well on his journey to his final reward.
Marc was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for his valorous conduct and he will be remembered by all Teamguys for his bravery and sacrifice. When I have information on the memorial services, I will post them.
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea.
Eternal Father, faithful friend,
Be quick to answer those we send
In brotherhood and urgent trust
On hidden missions dangerous;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For SEALs in air on land and sea.