Saintvil, Gael, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
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2004-2005, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
Service Years
2001 - 2005
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Operation Iraqi Freedom

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Enduring Freedom
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Burial Unknown

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  2005, GWOT Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2002, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training Regiment/Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger)3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
  2002-2002, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment/Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger)
  2002-2005, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
  2004-2005, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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LCpl. Gael Saintvil was killed Jan. 26 when the CH-53E helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Rutbah, Iraq.  An investigation found that the crew of the CH-53E became disoriented when weather turned bad, did not realize the helicopter was banking to the left, and flew the aircraft into the ground.  Twenty-nine Marines and one sailor also were killed.


The Marines lost from BLT 1/3 in the helicopter crash were:
1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, a native of Granville, Mass.
1st Lt. Dustin M. Shumney, 30, a native of Viellejo, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bland, 26, from Westion, Wyo.
Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr., 28, from Huron, Ohio
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr., 26, a native of Montgomery, Ohio
LCpl. Stephen P. Johnson, 24, from Covina, Calif.
Cpl. Timothy A. Knight, 22, a native of Brooklyn, Ohio
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, 23, from Hillsborough, N.H.
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly, 23, from Gloucester, N.J.
Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes, 21, a native of North Hampton, Penn.
Cpl. Nathaniel K. Moore, 22, from Champaign, Ill.
Cpl. James L. Moore, 24, a native of Roseburg, Ore.
Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert, 22, from Cherokee, Iowa
Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 24, a native of West Valley, Utah
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, from Ventura, Calif.
LCpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Maciel, 20, a native of Spring, Texas
LCpl. Allan Klein, 34, from Clinton Township, Mich.
LCpl. Gael Saintvil, 24, a native of Orange, Fl.
LCpl. Mourad Ragimov, 20, from San Diego, Calif.
LCpl. Rhonald Rairdan, 20, a native of San Antonio, Texas
LCpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-turshizi, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas
LCpl Hector Ramos, 20, a native of Aurora, Ill.
LCpl. Darrell J. Schumann, 25, from Hampton, Va.
LCpl. Joseph P. Spence, 24, from Scotts Valley, Calif.
LCpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.

Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez

Lance Cpl. Gael Saintvil was studying business administration at Florida Metropolitan University in Orlando when he decided about three years ago that he wanted a change of pace, his sister, Kenerly Saintvil said yesterday.  "He liked what he was doing but felt the military was his next step," Kenerly said.  Gael Saintvil, who was 24, graduated in 1998 from an Orlando high school, where he tried his hand at football and wrestling.  His father, Belga, said his son was eager to go to Iraq and fight alongside his friends. "He would die for peace, he would die for our cause,"  Belga Saintvil said.  Kenerly Saintvil, 20, said she and her brothers and sisters wondered aloud from time to time when they would all be together in the same room again.  That occurred when Gael Saintvil's three brothers and two sisters gathered at the family home in Orlando after receiving word that Gael had been killed in the helicopter crash.

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