FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Remembrance – Corporal J.R. Spears, USMC
Pensacola, Fla. – The Cpl. J.R. Spears Detachment of the Marine Corps League and
Chapter 566 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart announce a somber day of
remembrance and reflection for Corporal J. R. Spears, USMC, our detachment
namesake, who laid down his life in service to our country.
Guest Speaker - Colonel Christopher “Caveman” Holzworth, USMC, Ret.
Corporal Spears was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq, while serving in the 3rd Battalion,
7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Born June 30, 1984 in Pensacola, FL,
Spears was a lifelong resident of the Molino Community. He was active in sports,
including baseball and football, culminating as a starter on the offensive line at Tate
High School. Upon graduation from Tate in 2002, Spears briefly attended Pensacola
Junior College, making the Honor Roll. He achieved his goal of being accepted into the
United States Marine Corps in 2003. Stationed in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA, Corporal
Spears was a model infantryman. His Military Commendations include the Iraq
Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Medal, a
Combat Action Ribbon, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, an Expert Rifleman Badge
and the Purple Heart.
Admission is free and open to the public.
A small reception will follow immediately after the remembrance ceremony.
MEDIA NOTE: To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact
Edward M. Rouse, MCL, POA (850) 393-3507.
About the Marine Corps League
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for
the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States
Marine Corps. This is accomplished by banding together those who are now serving in
the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from
that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former
Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United
States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical
occasions of particular interest to Marines. The Marine Corps League is a Federally
Chartered Veterans Organization open to all honorably discharged veterans and is a
recognized tax-exempt organization under the IRS code section 501 c (4).
About the Military Order of the Purple Heart
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an
environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans,
promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most
importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. Our members
are Combat Wounded Veterans who are dedicated to our country and our
veteran community. We endeavor to do better for each other and by each
other always. Chartered by Congress for combat wounded Veterans. The
Order is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart
Medal for wounds suffered in combat or by an act of international terrorism.
Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all
veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters
and National Service Officers.
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