Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Jerome C. Bell Jr., 29, of Auburn, N.Y., died Sept. 19 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


daron said...

First let me say my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sgt Bell. Its hard for me to put into words how I feel about this Marine so here it goes. I came back in the Marine Corps in November of 2001. I returned to 2Tank Bn in 2002. The first person that pulls me aside is Sgt Bell. He tells me basically what any Sgt should be telling his junior Marine. Keep your nose clean and do as your told its that simple he told me. Sgt bell didn't beat around the bush, he said what needed to be said and thats something that I carry with me to this day. I served in the first OIF with him as a corporal in 2003. I will tell you this, he was the best leader that I have ever been around. I've learned pretty much all that I know about my job due to his taking the time to help and teach me. When I got promoted to the rank of Seargent, it was Sgt Bell that I ask to pin me. That tells you how much he was respected not only by me but all of the marines that served with him. I never got a chance to tell him thanks for what he did for me not only as a Marine but as a person. Thank you sgt Bell, you will be missed. SSgt Daron King, CE 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Motor Transport Chief, Camp Pendleton CA

Melissa said...

I don't know how to start off but by saying thank you! I am Melissa Sgt. Bell's wife and I wasn't expecting this honestly. and well I really don't know what else to say but I appreciate your kind words you said about him and I wish you all the luck in your career in the Marine Corps.