The United States Marine Delta Company has honored two fallen Marines with a new obstacle training course at the USMC/U.S. Navy Base of the 4th Combat Engineering Battalion, 4th Marine Division, on Alcoa Highway. Sunday, Jan. 20, the training course was dedicated to two United States Marines who were killed in action in Afghanistan.
United States Congressman John Duncan Jr. and members of the Ashland City Fire Department addressed a crowd of more than 200 who attended the dedication ceremony. Honored guests were 4th CEB Commanding Officer LtCol Tom Marble, 4th CEB Chaplin LT Mike Wise, mentor to LCpl Frankie Watson, Sgt. Lowell Russell, THP, and widow of Cpl. Greer Mrs. Stacy Greer.
Several motivated Delta Company Marines took it upon themselves to gather support and donations to rebuild the course. A large wooden carving of the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross was created and placed at the entrance to the course to honor Lance Cpl Franklin “Frankie” Watson and Cpl Kristopher “Daniel” Greer, two Delta Company Marines who were killed in combat in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom. Sunday, the obstacle course and beautified fitness field was dedicated to Cpl. Greer and LCpl Watson. Inside the lobby, a large window exhibit is also dedicated to each of the fallen heroes. Many of their awards are on exhibit there.
BY WES HALL