Michael Kiernan

Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kiernan, company gunnery sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, recalls memories he had while serving with Staff Sgt. Jason Ramseyer of Lenoir, N.C. Ramseyer was killed in a roadside blast April 20, 2006. Marines and sailors from the Hawaii-based battalion held a memorial for him April 23, 2006, at their base at Haditha, Iraq. Ramseyer served as the platoon commander for the battalion’s Forward Command Post, also known as the “Jump CP.” His job often required him to travel on Al Anbar’s dangerous roads to provide security for Iraqis and other Marines. The 28-year-old was remembered as a committed leader and devout family man by those who served with him. Ramseyer, who served with the battalion in Afghanistan last year, is survived by his wife, Amanda and his three children, Caleb, Cadence and Riley. Photo by: Sgt. Roe F. Seigle

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