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22, of Palatine, Illinois; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; K.I.A. August 19, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Christopher J. Boyd, 22, of Palatine died Aug. 19 while supporting combat operations inHelmandprovince. The day before, another local hero Lance Cpl. Kevin Oratowski, 23, ofWheatondied when an improvised explosive device when off. He was a 2005GlenbardSouthHigh Schoolgraduate.
They were both fromCampPendleton.
Like many other young men and women serving in the military, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks onAmerica, Boyd was determined to enlist and fight for our country. One day, sitting on a hammock with his mother he said, “Mom, we can’t let them get away with this.” This was his call to duty.
His Dad recalled how during CJ’s junior year, he had been meeting with military recruiters and had made his mind up he was going to be a Marine. He had invited the recruiter to their home so his mother and father could sign his enlistment papers. He was 17.
“We sat down that night as a family and asked him to tell us why he wanted to join the Marines. CJ brought out four sheets of paper with the pros and cons of each of the military branches. The Marines had the most pros and the least number of cons.
The one that sticks in my mind was his last pro: “When you become a Marine, you are a Marine for life.”
He was a 2006 graduate of Palatine High School, and was a star athlete while he attended there, including football, wrestling, baseball and lacrosse. According to his football coach, Tyler Donnelly, “he was a tough, hardnosed kid and really did everything to help the team. I mean, he played through injuries. … This kid was an embodiment of self-sacrifice and it's no surprise that he went in and served our country so well."
He is survived by his parents, his wife and twin boys.
His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
We found this stunning Daily Herald article written by CJ’s Dad, Ken Boyd. It was written to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of 9/11/11, and honor an extraordinarily brave Marine who gave it all. Rather than provide excerpts, we wanted you to read the complete article to get a glimpse at just how incredible this young man was and remains in our country’s history. CJ is a clear depiction of America’s Valor. It’s God Bless The Troops true privilege to honor him here… Click HERE to check it out.
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