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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Atkinson mourns Marine's death

From the Eagle Tribune;

July 15, 2011
Atkinson mourns Marine's death

ATKINSON — Local residents are mourning the death of a 33-year-old Marine killed in an off-duty parachuting accident in Switzerland.

The U.S. Marine Corps said today that Maj. Jeremy J. Graczyk died while on a monthlong leave from his unit in Quantico, Va. No details on how the accident occurred were available.

Graczyk joined the Marines in 1999 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and decorated numerous times.

The 1995 Timberlane Regional High School valedictorian is being remembered as a wonderful man dedicated to serving his country.

Atkinson resident Steven Lewis said his son, Garrick Lewis, had known Graczyk since they were children.

"Jeremy was a true American," Lewis said. "He was a kind, warm, full-of-life guy who loved his country."

Selectman William Bennett said he knew Graczyk and his family well.

"My son grew up with him," Bennett said. "He didn't deserve it; he was a really good kid."


MAcciard said...

Semper Fidelis, RIP, Major.

Anonymous said...

What a heartbreaking incident for the Gracyk family. Prayers & love go out to you all. RIP Jeremy.

Anonymous said...

RIP Jeremy

Anonymous said...

May flights of angels sing you to your rest. We wrap our thoughts and prayers around you. RIP

Paigewdut said...

RIP Jeremy