Cpl. John C. Tanner
United States Marine Corps
KIA 29 August 2007, Iraq
Cpl. (USMC) John Corey Tanner, age 21, resident of Columbus, Ga., was killed in action serving his country in
Iraq, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007.

Corporal Tanner, son of Henry Lee Tanner Sr. and Melanie Graves Tanner, was born June 10, 1986, in
Columbus. He graduated from Hallie Turner High School in Columbus. After high school, he joined the U.S.
Marine Corps and served his country honorably for over two years. He was assigned to the 3rd Assault
Amphibian Battalion and had been deployed to Iraq for the past five months.

Corporal Tanner was preceded in death by his great-grandmothers, Emily Clyde Graves and Leila
Fortenberry. He is survived by his wife, Rheanna "Anna" Tanner of Helena; his mother, Melanie Tanner of
Columbus; his father, Hank Tanner of Panama City, Fla.; two brothers, Lee Tanner and Brandon Tanner, both
of Columbus; maternal grandmother, Linda Stone of Columbus; maternal grandfather, Bill Graves of
Jenkinsburg, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Geri Wynn of Gulfport, Miss.; aunts, uncles, other relatives and
friends. Flowers are accepted, however contributions can be made in his honor to Mountain West Bank, P.O.
Box 6013, Helena, MT 59604.
Tributes

Memorial Page Established by- Henry Tanner Sr
In Honor Of Cpl John C Tanner USMC
We will miss you son, and never forget you. Your son
tried to make it in time to see you, but was born one week after you were
gone. He will know you, we will make sure he knows what kind of person
you were. It still hurt to think about you being gone, but as a
family, We are Very PROUD of you and always will be.
Love and Miss You,
Dad

May 28, 2014
Geraldine Laskey LTC (RET)
To the family, friends and Service Members who knew CPL John C. Tanner,
I was the Officer in Charge of the Emergency ward of the Combat Support Hospital which accepted the
care of CPL Tanner after he was wounded. This message is to let you know that we were honored to
care for our nation's heroes. We did not take that duty lightly. From the moment the helicopter touched
down, we scrambled and took over care in the Triage tent just outside of the EMT. We had lined the
roof of the tent with a huge American flag so the first thing the wounded saw was proof that we were
one of their own. When CPL Tanner arrived, it was clear that he did not survive. All in attendance
were deeply moved. He was still a soldier and we treated him with the utmost respect until the
ambulance came to take him home. He was to be our last fatal casualty before we went home from our
mission. We want you to know that we did not forget him. Our EMT soldiers  quietly gathered along the
ramp and gave a final salute as the fallen soldier leaves our care.
Geraldine Laskey LTC (RET)

December 21, 2013
James "Baby Howie" Howland
Corey it's been so long since we've talked. I miss you everyday. I wish you were here still, we still had a
lot of trouble to get into together. You're son is being taken care of is growing up so fast. You would be
very proud of him as I am. Until I can muster the courage to talk to you again, your brother forever,
Baby Howie

May 27, 2010
Kari Loquecio
Melanie, my name is Kari Loquercio i live in Chicago, and help maintain the Middle East Wall Memorial
in Marsailles Il.  I read your post on the Freedom Run guestbook and it over whelmed me. I spend a lot
of time at the Wall and want you to know I will touch Johns name every time I am there, like I do for
other families of our fallen soldiers, your son will not be forgotten. I would like to mail you something if
it would be alright with you. My thoughts are with you,  
Kari Loquercio 708 917-2307


May 04, 2010
UR SISTER CASSY
COREY,
I REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY WE MET. YOUR MOM BROUGHT YOU TO OUR HOUSE.. AND I HAD
CHICKEN POTS SO BAD.. I HAD THAT PINK LOTION AND OVER ME... I WAS SO EMBARRASSED... BUT I
HAD THE BIGGEST CRUSH ON U.. OUR PARENTS USE TO JOKE AROUND ABOUT ME AND U... I ALSO
REMEMBER WHEN WE LIVED IN ALABAMA AND U SHOWED ME THE FLOWERS U COULD SUCK HONEY
OUT OF.... BUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MEMORY I REMEMBER WAS IN MISSISSIPPI  THE TREE IN FRONT
OF THE HOUSE AND I CLIMB U THE TREE THEN U CLIMB UP RIGHT AFTER ME AND SAID CASSY I LIKE
U... OH BOY I JUMP RIGHT OFF THAT TREE AND RAN INTO THE HOUSE... I WAS SO SCARED... AND
YOUNG BUT I ALSO REMEMBER THE LAST THING U TOLD ME... U SAID I DESERVED THE WORLD AND
JOSH BETTER BE GOOD TO ME OR U WAS GOING ALL THE AWAY TO HAWAII TO BEAT HIS BEHIDE...
BUT U  TOLD ME THAT U WERE A LITTLE SCARED AND I TOLD U DON'T WORRY COREY U BE FINE...
BUT I WAS WRONG AND THAT THE LAST TIME I TALK TO U.. HONESTLY I WANT U TO KNOW THAT UR
A HERO AND I KNOW UR SON IS GOING TO BE SO
PROUD OF HIS DADDY..AND I LOVE U COREY AND I WILL SEE U WHEN THE TIME COME... LOVE CASSY

February 03, 2010
father in-law
Son  Hero  US Marine  God will be with you always not good with words but I know God loves you and I
PRAY FOR YOUR SOUL EVERYDAY LOVE YOUR DAD !


February 01, 2010
Melanie Tanner
My dearest Corey,
It's been 2yrs, 4 months, and 25 days since we laid you to rest.  And I still cry every day for you, honey.  I
miss your smile, your hugs, your laughter, and the happiness you brought to our family.  They say that
the pain eases over time.  Well, it hasn't begun to do that, yet.  I see so much of you in your son,
Tavian.  He is such a joy!  It hurts to know he will never know the wonderful daddy he had, no matter
how much we can tell him.  But that doesn't compare to the thought that you will never have hugged
this little wonder you helped to make.  
You will always remain my baby boy and the bright light in our family.  I hope you look down upon us
and know that you are loved deeply.  Even if you are only in our memories and now our own angel in
heaven.  We remain faithful to your beloved Corps and to the sacrifice you made for so many.  And we
will always have love for you as you guard the streets of heaven like so many that have gone before
you.  

With everlasting love,
Mom


June 27, 2008
Josh Newman
Over the last few months i have heard stories, some
funny, some not so. i do not know this man, but the stories i've heard
make this man seem like a brother to me. This is my best friend's cousin.
And as he morns as do i. i thank him for his duty of this nation, and i
grieve for his family. i morn not only for the fact of the lost, but
for the fact that his son will grow up only to HEAR the stories of his
father. and with that i say Semper Fi, Corey. Even in death may you
triumph.

May 30, 2008
Rafael
I wanted to share something I wrote for Memorial Day
2008.
I SHED A TEAR

I SHED A TEAR MY BROTHER EACH DAY
I READ A STORY OF HOW YOU VALIANTLY DIED
I SHED A TEAR MY BROTHER FOR YOU
KNOWING YOUR LIFE WAS SACRIFICED FOR ME

I BOW MY HEAD IN PRAYER
AS THE BAYONET IS FIXED
DRIVEN IN THE SAND
A HELMET SITS ATOP ITS BUTT
YOUR TAGS SWAY SOFTLY IN THE BREEZE

I TAKE A KNEE TO PAUSE AND PRAY
FOR GOD’S HAND TO SOOTHE YOUR KIN THIS DAY
ASKING HIM TO BRING HIS PEACE
TO ALL WHO KNEEL TO HONOR YOU
AS YOU STAND WATCH AT HEAVEN’S GATE

WE STAND UNITED REMEMBERING YOU
OUR SON, OUR DAUGHTER
OUR DAD, OUR MOM
OUR BROTHER, OUR SISTER
OUR NEPHEW, OUR NIECE
OUR UNCLE, OUR AUNT
OUR EVERY FRIEND

THREE VOLLEYS FIRED BY HONORED TROOPS
JARS EMOTIONS HELD DEEP INSIDE
A DISTANT SOUND OF TAPS WE HEAR
ECHOS OF LAUGHTER WE ONCE DID SHARE
OLD GLORY’S FIELD OF BLUE THE HONOR GUARD FOLDS
WHILST WE THINK OF DREAMS WE DARED

A SLOW SALUTE WE RAISE TO YOU
YOUR KIN’S SOFT TEARS STREAK DOWN THE CHEEK
ACCEPTING HE, OR SHE, THE FOLDED FLAG
AND THEN THOSE WORDS THAT PIERCE THE HEART
‘ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION…’
ECHO SILENTLY THROUGH THE AIR

I RAISE MY BROTHER
MY SISTER IN ARMS
A TOAST TO YOU
A PROMISE FOR ALL OF TIME
YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
IN OUR HEARTS SHALL FOREVER LIVE



April 12, 2008
Matthew G Roberts
You are missed brother, I believe u were looking out
for me there & I can't express enough how much u are missed. Semper Fi
brother.

Jan 28, 2008
Cody Caudill
The man you write about was my cousin. He was among
the greatest men of the United States of America. No word can describe him
and his service to the Corp. He will be loved and miss by all his family
and friends... Semper Fi, Corey!!!

December 17, 2007

Rick Wiseman
Corporal Tanner,
It is so difficult for me to find any words that could possibly convey
my feelings of sorrow and gratitude, pride and respect to your loving
family and friends. Knowing that you were never able to see your son
after his birth especially tears at my heart.
Just like Tom Hank's character tells Private Ryan in the movie "Saving
Private Ryan" to EARN THIS.. just before he dies, I hope and pray that
those of us whom you left behind can EARN what you and your brothers in
arms have already paid so very dearly for.
I know how strong Marine families are and I know yours will make you
proud as you look down on them from Heaven.
For my part, I will continue to send care packages to your brothers in
Iraq and I will continue to try to EARN what all of you have already
paid for with your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your families.


Semper Fi and God Bless You
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