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Motorcade to escort Stultz back to Brazil

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cpl. Stultz driving a vehicle during his tour of duty with the Marines. Courtesy Photo.
Officials have confirmed the body of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, 22, is expected to be flown into the Terre Haute International Airport, Wednesday.

From there, his body will be escorted back to Brazil.

County and city officials are encouraging people to line United States 40 to honor the former Brazil resident, who died Friday, Feb. 19, while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

The motorcade will travel from State Road 42 to SR 46, then to U.S. 40. At the Clay-Vigo county line, the motorcade will travel east on SR 340 before coming back to U.S. 40.

On Tuesday, officials began placing flags along U.S. 40, in his honor. In addition, members of the American Legion Post 2 and Veterans of Foreign Wars have handed out flags for residents and city officials will be placing black ribbons along U.S. 40, courtesy of Sugar 'n Spice.

American Legion Post 2 Legion Riders and Patriot Guard will meet at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the French Funeral Home parking lot, before going to the airport to help escort Cpl. Stultz' body back to Brazil. Anyone wishing to join the motorcade is welcome to join.

Chris Nichols, Community Action Team member for National Printing Converters, 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, told The Brazil Times Tuesday the company plans to hand out posters with Cpl. Stultz' likeness on them during the procession.

"We were trying to figure out what we could do to show our appreciation," Nichols said. "We thought maybe we would print up some posters and distribute them."

Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle told The Brazil Times students will stand along SR 340 as the motorcade passes. Cpl. Stultz graduated from Northview in 2006. According to reports, the motorcade may also stop through the parking lots at both Northview and North Clay Middle School.

French Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

Clay County officials began preparations in honor of Cpl. Stultz Monday. Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown and Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw both told The Brazil Times they had requested flags be flown at half-staff for the remainder of the week.

"This is a great loss for this community," Brown said.

"It's just heartbreaking," Bradshaw added.

City Hall officials also confirmed a proclamation would be drawn up for the month of March in honor of Cpl. Stultz.

Cpl. Stultz was one of three Indiana Marines killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan last week.

The United States Department of Defense announced Monday that Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, 24, Westville, also died Feb. 19, in Helmand province. Their bodies arrived Sunday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The third Indiana Marine, Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, 27, Columbus, was killed during combat in Afghanistan Feb. 18. His body arrived at the base Saturday.

According to his family, Cpl. Stultz had been in Afghanistan since November.

On Monday, Clay County Veterans Affairs Service Officer Mike Holland told The Times Cpl. Stultz was the first service member from the county to die in combat since Gary Boyce was killed in action during the Vietnam War, Jan. 1,1973.

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Please don't use this article as a platform to bash the military and those who serve (or in my case have served). This is for Greg and every other Marine, Airman, Navy & Army soldier who have sacrificed their freedom for yours. So, stand down.

I hope everyone who is able will step outside and line the streets of Brazil and Clay County to show their support and respect for this fallen Marine.

Stultz family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your son with us and speaking about his love of life.


A video tribute made for Greg.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 9:08 PM

I feel deeply saddened by the death of a brave soldier from my hometown. This is the time for expressions of grief and sympathy.

As heartfelt as expressions of political views may be, this is not the time. This is not the time.

-- Posted by ebrann on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 9:11 PM

i am so sorry for your loss greg was a good kid and an outstanding marine & very brave he will never be forgotten i will keep your family in my prayers

-- Posted by gina grigsby on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 10:38 PM

My deepest condolences to the family and thank God for men like him who are willing to sacrifice their lives so that we can enjoy our lives. I'm glad that they will escorting him down 340 for the kids to see. May God be with his family, I know that all of us will go on with our lives but you will be grieving for the rest of your lives. Your loved one died so that we all could benefit. It's times like these that makes me proud to live in Clay County everyone has shown so much pride and patriotism to this young man. It's a tragic reminder what has to be done for us to be free. Thank you so much.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 11:34 PM

It is a sad event that brings the community together to mourn the loss of one young citizen, one young man who stood up and swore to protect the rest of us, our nation and our way of life. Some may say that this war, that war, or another war is in error, but the point is moot. Old men (and in this country, old women) decide to make war, but it is the young men and women that fight those wars, fight the battles, and suffer the often dire consequences. Once committed to the battle, you fight for your and your fellow warrior's survival.

Cpl. Stultz fought to protect your freedom, your rights, and this nation. He endured the training, the deployment into foreign lands, and the horrors of war for you. He also made the supreme sacrifice of laying down his life.

Mourn him, honor him in the meager ways that we can, and remember him.

Rest in Peace, Corporal Stultz, you have earned it. I regret that it came to you far too soon and that you did not have the time to fully partake of what the nation you laid down your life for has to offer.

Semper Fi, Brother, til we meet across the river.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 12:40 AM

I may not know what some of these families are going through right now but I have had to worry about this type of thing myself, my Husband too serves our Country in the Army. He just got back this last July, and may be going back in a year or less. I know what it feels like to sit back at home and worry if your going to get that knock on your door, its dreadful!

Our late Soliders new nephew is the perfect gift from God...Greg would be so proud of his little sister right now, this was probably not easy for her to get this news and be in the hospital at the same time giving birth to his nephew. God took an Angel to bring another Angel into the world!!

My Deepest Condolences Go Out To All Of The Families, Friends, and Troops that have served with Greg! You Are All In My Prayers!!

-- Posted by mrsmeaden88 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 1:59 AM

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

My Sincere Condolences go out to Family and Friends of USMC, Cpl. Gregory S. Stuitz, Though you will be missed you will not be forgotten, Thank you for your Service. Rest in Peace and God be with you. "You Will Forever Be Remembered"

-- Posted by FOXX223 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 6:01 AM

Although I now reside in Florida, my spirit shall be with you all on the side of the streets, with the flag held high.

I thank you, CPL Stultz, for your service to our country. Your family will be in my prayers.

Alfreda Crowe Eastman

High Springs, Florida

-- Posted by ZooKeeper on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 7:33 AM

Thank You whomever made the call about the schools, as I said freedom isn't free and the price this Marine paid should be witnessed by all. May God bless his family and may Brazil give this man the honor he earned.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 8:33 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with this fine young man's family. I, for one, deeply appreciate all that our servicemen and servicewomen do for our freedom. Words cannot express the sorrow to have lost someone from my hometown, who has paid the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace Corporal Stultz.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 8:42 AM

Greg was a very inspirational person. He is a man, a hero of all of ours. We should be so grateful for people like him. Not only willing to risk but give their lives for our country and freedom. God bless you sir and your family. Thank you so much.

I have a very hard time going to memorials and funerals. I like to remember his joyous spirit. His love and care for service for our country.

Thank you greg!!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 8:53 AM

I think it is wonderful that the Mayor got authorization from the Governor to fly the flag at half-staff in honor of this young man. My heart goes out to all of his familly.

-- Posted by btreader on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:01 AM

I want this young man's family to know how much he was appreciated. I strongly support all of our troops - thank goodness someone is willing to join the armed services.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:22 AM

My heartfelt prayers are with the Stultz family. Many in my family have served and are still serving our country and we all owe them our respect and thanks. The town is giving Greg the honor he deserves and his family needs our support. This is definately NOT the place to air your political views.

-- Posted by rekabk62 on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:43 AM

Although I cannot physically be with my fellow residents and servicemen/veterans who will be lining the roadways and streets of Brazil I will be there in spirit with my hand held high proudly waving our beloved flag in honor of our beloved Cpr. Stultz! Semper Fi Brother!

Thank you to the Stultz family for giving us your most precious gift.....your Son, brother, Uncle, friend! You must be so proud of him and I am deeply saddened for the ultimate price you have paid. We will never forget Greg and will honor him and all the other fallen heros until the end of time! God bless you and keep you until we all meet again.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 11:08 AM

God Bless this young man and his family. Thank you for your honorable service in protecting our country!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Our condolences to the family.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 1:37 PM

I am so proud of our community for coming out to support the Stultz family. My heart was busting with pride over all the show of affection. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone for support a local veterans family during their most trying time in their life

-- Posted by jariksmom on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 7:50 PM

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