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Respecting the ultimate sacrifice

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Forest Park Elementary students lined United States 40 to honor the sacrifice and memory of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, who died during combat in Afghanistan. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Clay County residents came out in droves Wednesday to honor one of their own.

The body of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, 22, was escorted from the Terre Haute International Airport back to Brazil.

He was a 2006 graduate of Northview High School.

His body was flown from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to the airport.

From there, a motorcade escorted Cpl. Stultz back to Brazil.

Residents lined United States 40 in Brazil while students at both Northview and North Clay Middle School stood outside to pay respects.

The motorcade traveled from State Road 42 to SR 46, then to U.S. 40. From there, it traveled east on SR 340 before coming back to U.S. 40.

People also lined U.S. 40 in Vigo County as the motorcade traveled east.

The United States Department of Defense said Cpl. Stultz died while "supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan," in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Feb. 19, 2010.

He was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, in Okinawa, Japan.

Visitation is scheduled for 3-8 p.m., Thursday, at Christ Community Church, 10942 N. SR 59, and also from 11 a.m., until time of services.

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Members of the United States Marines Honor Guard lift the casket of Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz to take it inside French Funeral Home. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, at the church, with Stoney Lalen officiating. Burial for Cpl. Stultz will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, Ind., 47834, or United Service Organization, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200, Arlington, Va., 22201.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.


Proclamation

Editor's Note: The following is a proclamation was drawn up by Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw in honor of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, who died during combat in Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2010.

To All To Whom These Present May Come, Greetings:

Whereas, Marine Corporal Gregory Scott Stultz was born and raised in Brazil, Indiana, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz is the Grandson of William Stultz St., who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz played linebacker for the Northview Knights Football team, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz distinguished himself as a leader as the Captain of Wrestling team at Northview High School, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz entered the service of his country in November in the year of our Lord 2007, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz characterized the finest ideals of a Marine by Becoming a member of the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, a special operations force, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz was recognized for his service by the presentation Of the Sea Service Deployment Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Medal and a Meritorious Mast Certificate as well as a letter of appreciation from a high ranking Officer, and

Whereas, Corporal Stultz made the ultimate sacrifice while "supporting Combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan," in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Now, Therefore, I, Ann Bradshaw Mayor the City of Brazil in the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim the 24th day of February in the year of our Lord 2010 through the 23rd day of March in the year of our Lord 2010 as an official period of Mourning to honor the memory of Marine Corporal Gregory Scott Stultz.


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Proud to be a Brazil resident. For a small town there was a large turn out. I only wish more elementary schools would have followed Forest Park Elem in teaching pride and respect. Meridian Elem is only a couple of blocks from 40 and it would not have hurt the upper grades to walk that far to participate.

God Bless you Corporal Stultz. You made a huge sacrifice for your country, but your parents made the ULTIMATE sacrifice, they gave their son. May you all be forever in God's Grace.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Feb 24, 2010, at 10:57 PM

There are no words to describe how I felt seeing our community come together today as we all paid our repects to our fallen hero. Although there is one thing that saddens my heart so much. As I looked around almost all flags were at half mass, which they should be out of respect to CPL GREG STULTZ. I noticed a flag that was NOT at half mass. One that very much should have been. The Brazil armory's flag has been at full staff. I looked Monday,Tuesday,(it was lowered Tues evening) but full mass Wednesday all day. I just don't understand the reason why. In my opinion it was very disrespectful. At least the rest of the community showed there thankfulness today. God bless you Cpl Gregory Stultz. May you have eternal peace.

-- Posted by shortygurl on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 12:44 AM

I can understand how people may feel that the National Guard Armory might not be paying what local people may think is proper respect to Cpl. Stultz. I'll bet that if you went to the individual homes of there Guardsmen, you will find the flags there at half-staff.

However, if I am correct, the Armory itself is under State command. I'm not sure that the local commander has the authority to lower that flag to half-staff.

While the flag at the forward Command Post of Cpl. Stultz's unit may be lowered at this time, I doubt if the flag at 3rd Force Recon is. I know that the flags elsewhere are flying high.

The Marines expect to take casualties. Flags are not lowered for every Marine killed in action or the flag would never fly two-blocked.

This does not mean that the Marine Corps does not feel the loss.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 1:09 AM

i am posting this from afghanistan. this article could be about me next week. i pray to God that the community doesnt waste space on the web page to point the finger or criticize how others mourn. these are meaningless details that should be kept to one's self. i appreciate everyone's interest, but this is no place to express anything negative. the brazil armory is serving our country daily, and that chain of command is more than competent. i would like to meet the person who doubts those veteran's compassion.

instead, every word on this page should be to honor the young man who gave his life. he is a hero. i challenge the Brazil Times to erase any negative point of view, about anyone, on this page. i then challenge the readers to fill this page with words that bring honor to this marine's life. in the meantime, take the time to enjoy your family and everything this man died for. thank you CPL Stultz and to your family for your sacrifice. you are all in my prayers.

-- Posted by armyguy on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 7:59 AM

AMEN, ARMYGUY!!!!!!!

I want to add my voice to the ones who are paying respect to this brave young man who gave his life so we might be free. I also want the family to know my heart goes out to them in this time of deep sorrow. I am thankful for CPL Stultz sacrifice and the thousands of others that are over there fighting, your work is not in vain.

-- Posted by Jolly on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:14 AM

I left this procession yesterday with a very full heart. It aches for the family that lost a loved one. It swells for the passion and patriotism of the men and women who can and therefore do protect and defend our county. Finally, it overflows with the show of respect by an appreciative community. The large number of people, flags, posters and the preparation required to pay this tribute told a great deal about the community itself. Stultz family, our hearts go out in full measure to you. Brazil community, Cpl. Stultz showed us what he was made of in his brave service and sacrifice. Yesterday you showed his family and everyone else what we are made of. Thank-you.

-- Posted by brazilian on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:34 AM

Although I was not given the privilege of meeting an appearently very well rounded, decent, and proud young man; it doesn't mean that I do not weep for his family. I want to let his family, that I am very proud to be an american, and I am grateful for your son's sacrifice. I am the grown daughter of a Marine, my father was born and raised here, he moved away to start our family, but he always considered Brazil his home. He passed away 15 yeasr ago, but if he were alive today, he also would have came back to this town to honor his fellow Marine. I pray that all the words of encouragement and love that your son has shown throughout his life ring back to you now. Your obviously are a very proud family, and let me say, you did a great job raising this young man. He is my hero! God Speed Cpl. Stultz. And may God's love and support be with your family.

-- Posted by soccermomwithanattitude on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 8:48 AM

I am a proud mother of a Northview student, my son was very touched to be part of this respectful event. He even stopped by and gave me a hug after school today, a very memorable moment for a young 16 year old man.

Along with every other person who calls Clay County home, I am very proud to say, "Thank you" to Cpl. Stultz and the men and women letting us have our freedom. My cousin, a formor student of Northview, Tracee Burris has completed 3 tours over seas and we have been greatful each time he returns home safe.

Kim, Billy and all the kids, we are praying for you everyday for the strength to carry on.

-- Posted by momof2brightones on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:48 AM

I did not know Cpl Stultz . I respect anyone whom helps make our country safe.

Half staff : it should stay that way, we have fallen soldiers daily.

Meridian Elem , I know you support our soldiers , I have seen some of the things first hand .

Forest Park Elem : here's a pat on your back ,I think that is what you 're lookn for.

CPl Stulz has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country . He may have fallen But he will always STAND in our hearts.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 10:27 AM

I can not express with mere letters on a key board how I feel about this entire situation. I met some of the Northview wrestlers and coaches from an online wrestling forum in what now seems like many,many years ago. I would post all kinds of stories and scouting reports and would get many replies from them as well as many other schools and wrestlers.I hit it off with their wrestling coach,Coach Mikesell when he proved to me that he was more concerned about helping to turn boys into good men then he was concerned about winning and his own coaching record. That is saying alot because he does want to win every meet and every match ! I started talking to the boys as I would see them at the meets and as time passed Nothview started hosting a Wednesday evening RTC (regional training center) and I started bringing boys over from Bloomington South, Bloomington North, Edgewood and other school over my way.After long hot nights in the Knights mat room we all became closer and closer. We then started traveling to National competitions with some of the Northview (NHS) parents and kids and after time on the road and at hotels we become even closer. School colors did not mater as we all supported each other and did all we could to help each other be successful.I have hundreds of memories of all the great times we had and still smile today when I think about some of the crazy times and jokes we shared together. Greg was a big part of the good times. I can remember a couple of times he pulled some great jokes on both me and others.I will always remember him and his brother always playing that silly kid game where they would make a circle/OK sign with their hand and if you "looked" at it the would say "Haaa" and that gave them the right to punch you.I would often get them back by demonstating a move then in some critical part of the demonstation I would slip in "the OK Sign " and when they realized I had pulled one on them, they would brace themselves for a punch from me.Another time that stands out is when my son was wrestling a kid from Martinsville in the state USA meet and was truely getting hosed by the ref. My wife, who is very vocal, was being drowned out by Greg and the other Northview wrestlers who had found a perch on the rolled up mats next the to the match. The ref walked over to Greg and told him to calm down and that made his little brother jump in, which made all the other Northview wrestlers jump in, which made my wife even louder. All of this made the ref stop the match and I will never forget him yelling and pointing at those boys saying " ALL OF YOU NORTHVIEW BOYS GET OFF THE MATS AND GET OUT OF HERE...HE (refering to the subjct, my son, they felt was being wronged) HE... is not even from your school...WHAT IS THE DEAL ?WHAT IS THE DEAL? On the way out of the area, Greg added a quick comment about the ref that really upset the Ref and before he could do anyting about it his little brother turned and yelled " YEAH,THATS RIGHT" as the whole group ran away like a scene from a Little Rascals movie."Whats the Deal" became sort of a battle cry for us that day and for a few meets after that. Bottom line is I had so many great times with all of those kids and Greg was right in the middle if not in the front of many of them. When I wrestled at Nationals due to a bet...another story..LOL..I wore a Northview singlet! I tried to get my wife to move to over there I thought so much of that area. Fast forward to today. I now build mobile surveillance systems for the Marine Corps. Tower Number 1 is getting ready to ship. I am doing all I can to get the tower named the "CPL Greg Stultz". I figure if the Navy can name their boats, the Marines can name their towers.The powers to be are running the request up the Chain. I will keep all informed.No matter what happens to the request I will not forget Greg or his family or all of the other great folks from Brazil. These boys are the reason I and the other folks that I work with are here. TO SUPPORT THE WARFIGHTER.

-- Posted by GoldMedal on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 11:27 AM

Thank you Brazil and county residents for your turn out for this fallen hero.

He may have fallen in combat,but he stands guard above us now.

Rest in Peace

-- Posted by T-REX on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 11:28 AM

Yes sir, Yesterday we showed just how classy we Brazil residents can be , we all showed up, and did the very best show of pride and gratefulness that anyone could have, never thought the day would come when I could honestly say, I am proud to be from Brazil, we love our home town Heroes ! I pray we don't have to do it again ever, Thank God for our servicemen and women who fight terrorism on foreign soil, so it doesn't strike Americans in our homeland !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 12:28 PM

Thank You, CPL. Stultz for your ultimate sacrifice. Your community, family and friends will never forget. God Bless.

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 6:42 PM


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