LCpl. Brandon J. Van Parys
United States Marine Corps
KIA 05 February 2007
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20, of New Tripoli, Pa.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II
Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Feb. 5 while conducting combat
operations in Anbar province, Iraq.


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This was shared with us by Robert "Gunny" Hiles

Dear Friends:
Right now I sit before my computer having read an e-mail from a Gold Star mother and viewed
the pictures of her son, his grave at Arlington and his memorial bench.  The tears come freely,
because though I never knew Brandon I know many Brandon ’s.  Young men, fit, funny and
brave.  I’ve even had to say goodbye to a friend and some of my boys who gave their all in
Iraq so Brandon isn’t a stranger.

This mother is sending care packages and things to our Marines – still giving when she and
her family have given so much.  I know those who read this e-mail are just like Tammy and
Alan (Brandon’s Mom and Dad) in your support of our troops.  All I ask of you today is take
time to thank God for these young men and take time to tell someone Brandon Van Parys
died to protect them from evil whether they understand it or not.  In a small this my way of
honoring a brave Marine.
Semper Fi
Chaplain (LCDR) Tomlinson, Michael
1st BN 2d Marines H & S Co
UNIT 73040
FPO AE 09509

"No man that's in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right and keeps
a-comin" Capt Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger