Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr

Lance Cpl. Michael L. Freeman Jr., 21, of Fayetteville, Pa., died Feb. 1 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Reported by: Erin Wolfe (Your )
A Marine from Fayetteville was killed while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Michael Freeman is a 2008 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School. His dignified transfer is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, when he will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The lance corporal was killed in a roadside bomb attack on Monday. Freeman's former teachers say he knew at an early age that he was going to join the military. They say he often wore shirts and other clothing in support of the Marine Corps. Freeman was involved in his school's Future Farmers of America program. School staff says he got along with all the other students, but it was his helpful nature that set him apart. "Mike's going to be missed a lot more than probably he ever expected. He definitely made an impact on this school, on the individuals he interacted with, and he certainly did not die in vain," says Jon Seamen, one of Freeman's teachers. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Freeman is survived by his parents, a younger sister and his wife, Stephanie. She's a senior at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

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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.