Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Young Marine Succumbs to Injuries: Prayers and Cards For a Fighter's Family

This came in from the Boys of 3/5. Remember always, Dear Ones, to support the warriors and their families.

Letter from the family of Cpl Farrell Gilliam

On January 5, 2011, our 25 year old Farrell stepped on an IED while on a dismounted patrol with his unit, (3/5 Marines, Lima Co.) in the Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

He suffered many catastrophic injuries, including the amputation of both legs above the knee and several open fractures of his right arm including a 6 inch segment that is missing bone and tissue. His worst injury however was to the right side of his chest and abdomen, which took the full impact of the explosion, and left him completely eviscerated as a result of the blast. 

With the help of Hospital Corpsmen HM3 Brown, HM3 Gojar, Cpl Griff, and Lcpl Gutierrez, lifesaving measures were immediately undertaken to stop his bleeding in the field. He fought for his life in the back of the Marine transport truck which raced him back to camp. He fought for his life as he was Medi-Vac'd from base camp to a hospital in Kandahar where he underwent 9 hours of damage control surgery. He fought for his life as he was medi-vac'd again to Bagram Hospital in Afghanistan, where he underwent further damage control surgery. He fought for his life as he was flown to Landsthul Germany, where he underwent further surgery and again as he was flown to the US, arriving state side, on Janury 9, 2011 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland (outside Washington DC), with trips to the OR continuing every other day since then. But Farrell is a fighter! The Doctors have said that to survive an abdominal wound like his is one in ten million - they rarely see them because nobody ever survives them.

We are sad to say that earlier this week Farrell succumbed to further injuries from which he did not recover. We pray for the family and ask for God's peace. We also pray for the brothers and sisters left behind. You know who you are!! Pick up the sword - be the heart, be the love and be the voice. As long as you stick together and remain as one nothing can beat you! You will make a difference!! 
Semper Fi, 
           The Boys of 3/5 

  For anyone who is interested in sending a private letter or card of condolence, peace and well wishes. Please mail them to the following address and we will make sure they get to the family. Semper Fi!

The Farrell Gilliam Family
c/o The Honor Group 
3555 Taylor Road, Suite C
Loomis, Ca. 95650


OORAH Mom said...

God bless this young Marine and his family. Prayers going up.

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Susan Boyes Boyes said...

I feel sooo bad for u marine your life was taken to eary from u

Vulture 17 said...

Slow Hand Salute, Marine. RIP

Rita Flagg said...

My heart goes out to this family! I worried through two tours with each son and two in Vietnam with my husband ! So but for the grace of god go I . I can't begin to imagine the pure hell they are going thru ! The greatest grief on earth would be to lose a child ! I will never forget these young men and women that have given their lives for our freedom! And we can never thank these families enough for the ultimate sacrifices they have made ,the life of their child ! With prayers and sympathy SFC (Ret ) & Mrs Richard Flagg Jr

willie soto said...

He who sheds his blood for me shall always be my Brother. We Band of Brothers We Happy Few! Bless! Semper FI!

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