Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson

Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn., died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, 20, was in the last truck in a convoy that was attacked by a suicide bomber
He was airlifted to a medical facility, where he died. No one else in the convoy suffered life-threatening injuries, she said.
Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School, where he was involved in football, wrestling and other activities . He joined the Marines immediately after high school.
“He was known for always having a smile on his face and being happy,” his sister wrote in an email . “He always lightened everybody’s moods.”

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Marine Saluting Courtesy Sgt Michal S. Williams





FORGOTTEN WARRIOR
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.
-Unknown-


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.