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UPDATE: Brazil Marine dies in Afghanistan

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan Feb. 19, 2010.
Clay County is mourning the loss of one of its own.

On Friday, Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. He was 22-years-old.

Cpl. Stultz is the first serviceman from Clay County to die in the War on Terror and the first soldier from Clay County to die during combat in more than 30 years.

According to Brazil Concert Band Director Matt Huber and American Legion Post 2 member Wayne Parkins, the last county soldier to die in combat was Gary Boyce, who died Jan. 1, 1973, during the Vietnam War.

In addition, former Brazil Times' Editor Jim Dressler told The Times former Air Force pilot David Eberly was shot down during the Gulf War in Iraq and was captured before eventually being released.

According to information from www.facebook.com, where family members set up a page honoring Cpl. Stultz, he was shot in the abdomen area. Cpl. Stultz died while being airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Family members flew to Dover, Del., Saturday, as his body was flown back to the states.

According to the page set up on facebook, Cpl. Stultz was born June 7, 1987.

While attending Northview High School, Cpl. Stultz wrestled for the Knights. He advanced to the regional as a senior in 2006.

NHS wrestling coach Dan Mikesell said he remembered Cpl. Stultz as a grappler who made tremendous improvements throughout his career, both in wrestling and in life.

"He got on the straight and narrow because of wrestling," Mikesell said. "It's something that kept him focused."

Mikesell said when he learned the news of Cpl. Stultz' death, he was "pretty shook up."

"He was on one of my first teams," Mikesell said. "It was pretty tough for me. I was pretty close to Greg."

Mikesell said while he wrestled for the Knights, Cpl. Stultz also enjoyed working with younger grapplers in the Wabash Valley Wrestling Club.

"He always helped the kids," Mikesell said. "He liked helping with the kids."

Mikesell said Cpl. Stultz recently attended a NHS wrestling practice and the two had a chance to catch up and reminisce.

"I told him how proud I was of him," Mikesell said, adding Cpl. Stultz said he missed wrestling, but his training helped him through boot camp.

Former NHS Principal Jim Church told The Times he remembered having many discussions with Cpl. Stultz while he was a student at Northview.

"He was a neat kid," Church said. "We got pretty tight during the years he was there. I really, really liked Greg. He and I clicked. I really liked him a lot.

"If I was going to ever recruit what I feel like what would be the perfect Marine, Greg would fit that kind of a mold. Hard-nosed, yet strong character; someone you can really count on."

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Cpl. Gregory Stultz
Cpl. Stultz' guidance counselor while at Northview was Scott McDonald.

On Sunday, McDonald told The Times he had talked with Cpl. Stultz approximately three or four months ago.

"He was out at the school and I talked to him for a bit," McDonald said. "He looked great. He was pretty much the same kid, except for a lot of, 'yes sirs' and, 'no sirs.'

McDonald said he was out of the area this weekend when he received a phone call learning about Cpl. Stultz' death.

"My first thought was how proud he was that he was in the military," McDonald said. "He was so excited about how he was doing and being able to defend his country.

"He was doing great things and, unfortunately, something like this has happened. He was a great kid with a great heart. It's just tragic."

Funeral arrangements are being handled by French Funeral Home. A time and date for a funeral has not been set.


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You will be missed,my thoughts and prayers are with the Stultz and the Lalen families.He was and always will be a Hero!!!!

-- Posted by westsidemom on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 7:54 PM

My condolences to the family and my salute to my fallen brother Marine. To die at an early age is a tragedy, but to die for what you believe in and your country is an honorable death.

"Marines die, that's what we're here for, but the Marine Corps lives forever. That means, you live forever!" Semper Fi and God bless you, Corporal Stultz.

A note to the Brazil Times: Please do not refer to Marines as soldiers and anyone who has ever earned the privilege of wearing the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor will take offense if they did not prior to earning that honor or later serve in the United States Army. If you must use a term other than "Marine", the all encompassing term is "serviceman".

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 9:10 PM

My heart goes out to the family of this young man. I pray for peace so that noone else has to die so that someone else can live in freedom. It doesnt have to be this way, my father was a Marine and My brother was a 20 year intel marine. My nephew is now a marine and is 19 and this scares me sooo very much. Semper Fi, brother from another mother! Be proud!

-- Posted by bellababy on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 9:45 PM

It is a sad day for Clay County to lose one of our own, Cpl Stultz paid the highest price for the rest of us to enjoy our liberty, may his reward be the Kingdom of Heaven.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 10:35 PM

Thank you, Jason, for the correction in the article. Both the veterans of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army appreciate the use of the proper terminology in reference to their respective branches of service.

Again, my condolances to the family of Corporal Stultz.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 11:27 PM

My condolences to the family also. When they honored the procession of the fallen serviceman from Waveland recently, all the streets of Crawfordsville were lined with school children so they could witness the sacrifice and cost of freedom. Its not as easy to take things for granted when you see it with your own eyes , in your home town. I realize there is only one elementary on 40. But i think the respect should be shown to honor the sacrifice.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 8:24 AM

A note to the Brazil Times: Please do not refer to Marines as soldiers and anyone who has ever earned the privilege of wearing the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor will take offense if they did not prior to earning that honor or later serve in the United States Army

BRAZIL TIMES I AM NOT OFFENDED !

Thank you for freedom Mr. Stultz and everyone whom has served and lost their lives for us.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 8:43 AM

My sincere symphathy to the families and friends of this fine young man. Greg has certainly paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I hope that Clay County honors this young man with the honor and ceremonies that he so deserves. May God Bless each and every one of the Corporal Stultz family.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 8:45 AM

My condolences to the Family of this Fallen Hero.

WE have the ability to post and do the things we do because of men like this.

I live in Ca and I hope the town of Brazil ( my home town) will honor this man upon his return.

Line the streets people,let America see how you feel about our troops. God Bless and Rest in Peace,CPL STULTZ

-- Posted by T-REX on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:11 AM

My sincerest apologies to the Stultz family for interjecting this into the comments on this article, but I must address a misconception made by another comment. I'm absolutely certain that Greg would understand.

Sand Mann- I explained this to the editor and now I will post it for all.

Each branch of our Armed Services has a unique culture with its own traditions, ceremonies, and, if you will, initiation into the "club". They also deride the other services amongst themselves, even to the point where more military personnel have probably been locked up for fist fighting with members of another branch than for any reason except not being where they are supposed to be at a given time or fighting between members of units of the same branch. At least, that was the case while I was on active service.

The Marines take a lot of pride in their Corps, and, I'm sure the Army, Navy, and Air Force servicemen and servicewomen take just as much pride in their branch of service. Very few people would call a sailor or an airman a soldier, however, some people think that "Marine" and "soldier" are interchangeable terms. They are not interchangeable, a Marine is a Marine and a soldier is a soldier, period. The Marine is serving in or has served in the United States Marine Corps and the soldier serves or served with the United States Army.

I did not know Greg personally, I do not know every active or former Marine in this town. However, every one of them, no matter when they served or where, is my brother or sister, period. I am friends, acquaintances, and comrades-at-arms with a lot of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Coast Guard personnel but any other Marine is "family". In the field, we shared everything and in civilian life, if I can do something to help a Marine all he has to do is ask. We will find a way to solve the problem.

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine" is not just a slogan to the Marines! If HQMC sent me and almost any other former Marine a letter asking them to serve again, they would be gone tomorrow.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:54 AM

As the wife of a former Marine, I can tell you there is no such thing as an "ex-Marine." The esprit de corps is deeply felt by one and all. There is tremendous pride in wearing the Globe, Anchor and Chain. A Marine is a Marine...not a soldier, and once a Marine, Always a Marine. Semper Fi.

-- Posted by wands on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 12:17 PM

As an active duty Marine from Brazil, I have unfortunately attended many a funeral for a fallen brother and am sure that no condolence, however thoughtful, can console you. I would like to offer my prayers and pride in knowing that I can belong to an organization that is as fortunate as ours, that we were graced with the opportunity to serve with a man such as your son. His passing, tragic as it was, was in defense of something the rest of the world is envious of, something that I am certain he cared about with a passion no one but men like Greg can know. Men like your son are few and far between, representing less than one tenth of one percent of the population of the United States, yet their contribution is such that the other 99.95 percent of the country sleep peacefully. As tragic as your loss is, please take solace in knowing that your loss is shared by his brothers in the Marine Corps and a country that is honored to have called him one of its own.

Hopefully more people from Brazil can see your sons example, and in doing so strive to be half the man you raised.

God Bless

Sgt Jason Jones USMC

-- Posted by zappa9084 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 4:01 PM

Semper Fi

-- Posted by Anarchy on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 4:42 PM

Condolences to Mr. Stultz's family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice to our country.

-- Posted by myfallensoldiers on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 8:19 PM


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