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Final salute for a hero

Friday, February 26, 2010

Marines line up to perform the 21-gun salute during the funeral of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz Friday. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Serviceman honored at his final resting place

Marine Cpl. Tobias Johnston had the privilege of meeting Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz.

On Friday, he called him his "best friend."

Friends and family packed Christ Community Church Friday to mourn the loss of the 2006 Northview High School graduate. He was killed in action during combat in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Following the service, Stultz' body was laid to rest at Summitt Lawn Cemetery. A procession of vehicles drove through Brazil from the church onto National Avenue before turning at County Road 200 W., heading toward the cemetery.

"Greg is the definition of a hero," Cpl. Johnston said. "He was my hero. Greg was a man I looked up to."

Just before leaving for Afghanistan, Cpl. Johnston said Cpl. Stultz asked him if he would stand at his funeral if he died, to which he looked at Stultz and immediately said, "no."

Johnston said Stultz appeared bewildered, but immediately flashed a grin, knowing Johnson's dry sense of humor.

"I immediately told him, 'yes,'" Johnston said.

Johnston told the crowd he was "grateful" for knowing Stultz.

Members of the community said goodbye to hometown hero Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz Friday, as his funeral processional took him to his final resting place at Summitt Lawn Cemetery, Brazil. Kimberly Gleason Photo.
"Just by standing here in his presence, I feel as if I'm not worthy," Johnston said, his voice wavering. "Greg was my strength, my rock, my shoulder to cry on ..."

Stoney Lalen officiated the proceedings and began by giving thanks to the community.

"Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz will not be forgotten for a very long time," Lalen said. "The love and the outpouring of support has almost been overwhelming."

Stultz' brother, Zach, stepped to the podium to share what he referred to as four items his brother would want mentioned.

Zach said his brother would want to give thanks to everybody for attending the event, thank his parents and tell everyone, "he loved God with his whole heart."

Both Zach and Cpl. Stultz were avid Indianapolis Colts fans. With the fourth item, Zach also said his brother would not have many good things to say about the recent Super Bowl, where the Colts were defeated by the New Orleans Saints.

"I couldn't ask for a better brother," Zach told the crowd. "I'm the proudest brother."

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Goodbye, Greg, I wish I had met you.

Goodbye, Corporal Stultz, USMC. I did not have to meet you to know you.

Heaven must have needed another Marine to guard those hallowed halls so a hero was called.

Semper Fidelis,

Leo L. Southworth

Sergeant, USMC (1977-1985)

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 8:52 PM

Be at rest Greg we all are safe and sound,"thanks to our Hero".You did you job,well done Marine!!!!

-- Posted by westsidemom on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 9:16 PM

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. Peace and God be with you. Rest easy Marine.....Semper Fi!

-- Posted by FOXX223 on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 11:34 PM

I have never met Cpl Stultz but i have been reading alot alout about him latley. My son did get the chance to meet him over in Okinawa, i rememer him telling me when he first got to his base that there was another marine from indiana. when my son called to tell me the news it really set me back, i think cause my son had met him, he and his company took it hard. my heart goes out to your family and your city.

Thank you Greg for all you did for my family.

Proud Dad of Corp Kevin Jewell USMC

-- Posted by usmcdad on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 11:47 PM

When I arrived at Marine Corps Boot Camp in 1978 I remember a sign that said "To be a Marine" You must first believe in Yourself, Your Fellow Marine, Your God and the Corps! I am sure that Veteran Marines who live in Brazil remember reading those same words while standing on those yellow footprints. Even though I never met Cpl Stultz I know he must have read and tried his best to live by those words. God bless Cpl Stultz and his family. Also words of praise to the citizens of Brazil who supported them. I hope that this nation can continue to support all our military servicemen and their families as Cpl. Greg Scott Stultz definetly did. I wished I could've met him.

Semper Fidelis

Gunnery Sergeant US Marine Corps

(formerly of Brazil)

-- Posted by GySgt0660 on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 5:40 AM

Like wise, I am from Brazil, and am a proud member of the greatest fraternaty in the world. We all have something in common that we are very proud of. We are the first to fight. I always tell people that we are "bully killers" and that we are. I have NO DOUBT that Cpl Stultz was proud, and every bit a "bully killer". We honor you, and your family. Now you will get to meet our heros, Puller, Basilone, Daily, Shepard, and Wilson. Semper Fi Grunt. We have your back.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Feb 27, 2010, at 6:44 AM

"Cpl Stultz was the kind of Marine that was liked by everyone. His loss will be felt throughout the Recon community for some time. There is not one person he came in contact with that did not like him. Daily he displayed high moral character, was eager to learn and always prepared to give his all. I wish the Marine Corps was filled with Marines of Cpl Stultz's character and will forever remember this fine young American and the sacrifices he made for our country," said 1st Sgt. Ingo Rasch, Stultz's company first sergeant in Afghanistan.

-- Posted by FOXX223 on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 10:54 PM

While stationed at Camp Pendleton during the Gulf War, I met many Recon warriors on WESTPAC that had always exemplified the best of the Corps. Cpl Greg Stultz's stoic picture had immediately struck me as a Marine's Marine without even realizing his Recon assignment... http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/marin...

One can only wonder about the pain and sacrifice of a small community that must have cherished Greg dearly; my sincere condolences to the family of this young man and his unit.

Semper Fi.

-- Posted by Scott Spencer on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 12:15 AM

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