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SSgt. Dexter Kimble was killed Jan. 26 when the CH-53E helicopter 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.
Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
SSgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez
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.
Cpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.
On active duty for 13 years, Dexter S. Kimble used his travel opportunities to shower his family with exotic gifts. Wooden masks from Japan dot the walls of their home and it wasn't unusual for a package to arrive filled with artsy jewelry and local handicrafts from abroad. "Dexter is the kind of husband you want your daughter to marry," said Ruby Jenkins, his mother-in-law. "He was so sweet to her," Kimble, who had a passion for his Suzuki racing motorcycle, had hoped to retire from the Marines and become a private pilot, said his wife, Dawanna. "That's why he joined the Marines," she said. "He wanted to fly." Kimble would insist that his five children not be on base before his deployment, but this past August, before leaving for Iraq, he asked Dawanna to bring their newborn daughter. "Not too long ago, he sent her a postcard that said, 'Baby, I know you don't know me, and I want you to remember me,'" she said. "Maybe he knew something would happen." He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife Dawanna, 4 children Estvan, Raiya, Brennadonet and Shakara, his adopted son Shon, his parents Willie and Mary Judy Kimble, 3 siblings Erika, Andrea and Sherwin, family and friends.
Dexter was one of the "good guys" that always left you with a good impression. He was never mean or malicious toward anyone and always knew what to say to put you in a good mood if you were having a bad day. I'll never forget the night in Kuwait he was driving the bus from base camp to the hangar and he side swiped a concrete barrier and popped the tires on the right side of the bus. You'll be missed by everyone who knew you. God Bless you and Semper Fi.