SSgt Christopher Diaz Memorial Fund
$6,090 raised
15% of $40k goal
58 contributors
8 Years running
SSgt Christopher Diaz was a Military Working Dog Handler assigned to 3D Recon Bn for the majority of their recent deployment to Afghanistan. Chris and his companion Dino were harder workers than most. The duo were invariably positioned at the lead element of every tactical movement, at every danger area and narrow crossing, in every room of every compound cleared, always on alert for telltale signs of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He carried the same soul-crushing fighting loads, shouldered more than his share of weapons and optics, stood the same watch rotations, and patrolled the same villages as his fellow Recon Men. With the added mental burden of keeping his brothers safe from the ever-present IED threat, he battled sickness from drinking purified Afghan well water, dehydration from constant skirmishes and firefights in the Afghan summer, and fatigue from constant night movements, patrols, and compound searches. He was his brother’s keeper. After over four months of fighting, vomiting, living, eating, sleeping, and bleeding alongside his brothers in 3D Platoon, SSgt Diaz was reassigned to a Marine Corps Special Operation Command detachment operating elsewhere in Afghanistan. After several weeks, we received word that he was killed in action doing what he loved most: protecting his fellow Marines. Chris left behind two children: Jeremy and Mia. They lost a father, but they gained a family, though they may be too young to realize it. 3D Platoon has decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2012 and to raise money leading up to the race in order to establish a college fund for Jeremy and Mia. Chris took care of us. Now it is our turn to take care of him. Former brothers in arms across the country will be washing cars, tending bar, and soliciting private donations to raise money. Even the smallest donations are welcome. Please contribute what you can. Semper Fidelis Excerpt from Obituary: SSgt Christopher Diaz was an accomplished young man; he graduated from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM and went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 2003. Chris "Fatso" comes from a long line of military tradition which includes his great-grandfather Jesus Diaz, grandfather Salvador Diaz, father Salvador Diaz, Jr. and older brother Raynaldo S. Diaz. SSgt. Diaz was assigned to Headquarters Battalion Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and served for III-MEF. During his eight years of loyal service he did one tour in Iraq, one tour in Israel, and one tour in Afghanistan. Knowing the dangers that came with his career he bravely served with honor, courage and commitment to the very end. Motocross, shooting, golfing, scuba diving, paint ball and cooking were all ways to relax after a long days work. Left to honor the memory of his life are his children, Jeremy C. Diaz, Mia E. Davis; parents, Salvador Diaz Jr., Sandra Diaz; and fiancée, Tonya Jackson. Other survivors include his brothers, Raynaldo S. Diaz (Lori Wilcox), Jeromie Diaz (Marisa Godoy); faithful K-9 companion, Dino and numerous family members and friends. His decorations consist of Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps. Good Conduct Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Navy and Marine Corps. Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award), and Letter of Appreciation.


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