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Memorial Day 2015

Cpl. Sara A. Medina

Memorial to Cpl. Sara A. Medina from ABC7 in Chicago

This Memorial Day, it is important to remember that the young men and women that we send around the world in our military give their lives to save others as well as in war. Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer assigned to Marine Corps Installations Pacific, died in the line of duty on May 12 in Nepal. Medina was aboard a Marine helicopter moving supplies to areas hard hit by two massive earthquakes, including one that was 7.4 magnitude on that same day.

The helicopter held six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. It crashed about eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal. Two Nepalese soldiers killed in the crash were identified as Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara. The copter and crew were from Camp Pendleton’s HMLA-469.

Marines killed in Nepal crash

Six members of HMLA-469 (photo order unknown) including Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, 29, of Harlan, Neb.; Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, 31, of Sedgwick, Kan.; Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, 29, of Seminole, Fla.; Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, 30, of Riverside, Calif.; Cpl. Sara A. Medina, 23, of Kane, Ill.; and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, 22, of Maricopa, Ariz. were killed May 12 when their helicopter went down in Nepal. Photo: Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

In a May 17 piece, ABC7 reported:

This was to have been her last mission with the Marine Corps. After nearly five years in the military, the Aurora native was due to come home in August. She was to be married to a fellow Marine she met while stationed in Okinawa.

And from DVIDS:

“Cpl Medina was my soul mate, she was my better half, she was my everything. There wasn’t a single activity we didn’t do together. She changed me for the better. Before I was dependent upon alcohol and lived sedentary. After she came into my life I wanted to change for the better. I’m happy to say I am still sober to this day almost two years strong. Sara was my queen and I treated her as such. I did everything she needed she never had to worry about anything. The kind of love we had for each other is a love rarely found by human kind. Rest in peace Sara I will always love you my queen. We were to get married when she returned from Nepal and surprise everyone.” -Sgt. Devon Henderson, Cpl. Medina’s fiancé and airborne and air delivery specialist

“Cpl. Sara Medina was my roommate. She was my sister. Medina was one of my best friends. She wasn’t like any other friend I’ve ever known. She was authentic, loving, sassy and sweet. She was the kind of friend that would make you authentic barracks style Mexican food to cheer you up after a bad day. To me, Medina is a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime person. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of her life and she will always be a part of mine. I’ll always cherish the chaotic, fun and beautiful ‘Meeller and Medina’ adventures we had. I miss her so much and I will always love her.” -Cpl. Kayla Miller, combat videographer.

Some of Medina’s photos

Memorial Day is for those who served in the United States military and gave their lives in the service of their country. Sara Medina, as the earth trembled and shook, did her duty and made us proud. It is said of the Marines that you can have no better friend and no worse enemy.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Medina gave her life to help people she did not know. Oorah, Devil Dog!

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