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Recon Paddle Party to honor soldier

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cpl. Greg Stultz
A Recon Paddle Party for United States Marine Cpl. Greg Stultz has been scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., today.

The event will be conducted at Forest Park near the bandshell.

Stultz, 22, Brazil, was killed in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan in February. He was the first local serviceman to die in the War on Terror and the first from Clay County to die during military combat in more than 30 years.

Stultz' mother, Kimberly Stultz, said his Recon team will be coming to Brazil to present the family with an "oar" paddle.

"Each (person in the unit) helps put it together," she said. "They just got back from Afghanistan."

Kimberly said the oar is "fairly big."

"I think it's wonderful," she added. "This is their time to be with their families and I know time is a precious thing. It's really touching that they're going to take time away from their families to see us."

She said members of Stultz' unit called the family approximately one month ago and confirmed the date and time to arrive in Brazil about two weeks ago.

She added the unit wanted to "make sure we're OK."

She said the $1 bracelets in Cpl. Stultz' memory will also be available at the event, adding new bracelets were recently ordered.

"All of the money (from the sales) is going to the Clay County Veterans Group for the (mini-van)," she said.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Prior to the event, the unit will pay a visit to students at the YMCA Summer Day Camp, eating lunch with them.

"We wanted to make sure they had a home-cooked meal," YMCA Summer Day Camp Director Pam Fischer said.

Summer Day Camp student, Saylor Sinclair, 5, also sang, "God Bless America," for the unit.

In addition, the students -- in conjunction with the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church -- mailed items, including letters decorated by the students -- to their base in Afghanistan.

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Sidney P. Okulovich

GySgt Retired

Yuma Arizona

-- Posted by GySgt0660 on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 4:36 AM

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