Sunday, January 13, 2013

Marine re-enlists at grave of fallen Marine

Marine Keeps Re-enlistment Promise To Fallen Valley Marine
Rich Rodriguez

A Marine Sergeant re–enlisted in the service Saturday next to the grave of a fallen comrade in Visalia. It was a solemn and emotional ceremony as Jonathan Diehm kept a pact he made with Corporal Jared Verbeek.

"He touched a lot of people and inspired a lot of people." Sgt. Jonathan Diehm made a pact with Jared Verbeek when they first met at a Marine base in Missouri. Both planned careers in the Marine Corps and they promised to always attend each other's re–enlistment.

Corporal Verbeek was killed in the war in Afghanistan on June 21st, 2011.
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