Sgt. Jason D. Calo

Sgt. Jason D. Calo, 23, of Lexington, Ky., died Aug. 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Artilleryman Sgt. Calo was part of that force. He was born on Jan. 26, 1987, in Mancelona, Mich., and was killed in action on Aug. 22, 2010. He enlisted in the Marines in 2006. The Marines describe Calo as a proud father, so proud he carried around a photo album of his family. He was someone who extended his military service to be in Afghanistan. As a PFC he was full of enthusiasm. “He had a smile and air about his that was contagious and it made you just want to get to know him more,” says his friend Sgt. Matthew Nelsen. “He was my mentor, showing me that was is right no matter how hard it is or how much people wont like you for it is part of being an NCO (Noncommissioned officer),” Sgt. Joshua Gage says of Calo. “He was the first friend I lost,” says Nelsen stopping to take a breath, strength to continue his message. “It breaks my heart to think his children won’t get to see him again.”

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Marine Saluting Courtesy Sgt Michal S. Williams

He lives alone In the hills and the trees
He bares his soul To the cool mountain breeze
He talks to the Spirit He listens to the Wind
They shield him from memories Buried deep within
The world has forgotten The sacrifice he made
The scars he bears remind him Of the high price he paid
Freedom is not given But with blood it has been bought
By warriors such as he And by the wars they fought
We can't forget our warriors Or let them die in vain
But with respect and honor We can help to ease their pain
Our Freedom will be taken If no one will defend
God bless our Forgotten Warriors Who live to fight again.

God and the soldier all men adore
in times of trouble, but no more.
For when war is ended and all things righted,
God is neglected, the old soldier slighted.