Christopher R. Dixon

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Obetz, OH

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Private First Class Christopher R. Dixon proudly served in the Marine Corps with Columbus, OH-based Lima Co. 3/25. During a very successful and influential combat deployment to Western Iraq in 2005, his squad’s amphibious assault vehicle struck an IED blast entering yet another city on Operation Matador. Six men would perish that day, with several others critically wounded.

Chris was the youngest guy in the entire company, but he didn’t act like it. He was strong as an ox and a quick learner, never needing to be told something twice. Chris was very close with his family and touched many lives in his hometown of Obetz. Everyone remembers Chris wanting to be a Marine for many years. He turned out to be a great one. It was an honor to serve next to him.

Dixon’s life-size image is painted by artist Anita Miller and travels the entire country with the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, honoring all who answer our nation’s call; then, now, and tomorrow. He continues his service by engaging veterans and their families, showing gratitude and offering a place of healing. His legacy, like thousands of others, proudly lives on. He will never be forgotten.

Age: 18

Date of Death: May 11, 2005

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