Etterling, Jonathan Edward, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
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2004-2005, 0331, C Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
Service Years
2002 - 2005
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Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Enduring Freedom
Location of Interment
Memorial Burial Park - Wheelersburg, Ohio
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2002, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger), 1st Infantry Training Regiment31st MEU1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  2002-2002, 0331, Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger), 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  2003-2003, 0331, 31st MEU
  2004-2005, 0331, C Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2003 OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)5
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Etterling 22, of Wheelersburg, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; 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
Cpl. 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.
Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Marciel, 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

From the time he was a little boy, Jonathan E. Etterling wanted to be in the military.  He enlisted in the Marines while still in high school. "Some people have a higher calling.  John's was his country," said Cathy Sizemore, his Sunday school teacher.  Etterling, 22, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, was among the 31 killed Jan. 26 when a helicopter crashed in Iraq.  He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Etterling was a good student in high school who played football, ran track and participated in his school's class plays.  He was an easygoing young man "who didn't make any enemies," said his father, William.  "If he was your friend, he was your friend.  He could not abide a bully." He had dreamed of becoming a Marine since he was a young boy.  "He was very mature," said track coach Carol Bialkowski.  "He always knew what he wanted to do.  One of the reasons he ran track was to get in shape.  He was a good, all-around kid.  He was an all-American boy."

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