Christopher G. Scherer

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: East Northport, NY

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

After graduating from high school in 2004, Chris Scherer travelled to Parris Island where he earned the coveted title of United States Marine. In 2007, on his mother’s birthday, June 1st, Chris earned the rank of Corporal while in Kuwait. While serving in Iraq, Chris was killed by a single bullet from the gun of an enemy sniper as he served the country he loved.

Chris loved soccer, baseball and lacrosse. His greatest joy was in lifting the spirits of those around him. He was always telling jokes, doing impressions and quoting from his favorite movies, while facing stressful situations. When things got particularly rough, he was famous for stating, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Chris’ C.O. referred to him as, “the most likable Marine in the platoon, no one griped or had a bad day if Corporal Scherer had anything to say about it.” Chris never complained or questioned, “not once, not ever.” The higher the stress and adversity Chris faced, the sharper Chris’ humor became to the benefit of his fellow U.S. Marine Corps. He was an exceptional son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend.

Chris is inspiration not only to those who knew him while he was alive but also to those whose lives continue to be touched through stories of his remarkable humanity and unquestioning dedication to service. He is a true hero of mine and I carry him with me always.

Age: 21

Date of Death: July 21, 2007

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