Wicked Local Danvers
By Jeff Pope
Posted Jul. 11, 2016
Downing, a platoon sergeant with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., found that the Marines were living in dilapidated barracks. According to an article in the Military Times, Downing figured out how to get materials needed to renovate 90 barracks rooms, common areas and duty posts at Camp Lejeune. He collected appliances and furniture from barracks that were being shut down.
|Gunnery Sgt. Brian Downing was named |
the Marine Corps Times Service
Member of the Year.Courtesy photo
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Downing of Danvers will be honored as the Marine Corps Times Service Member of the Year at a gala on Capitol Hill Thursday evening.
Downing, a 2001 graduate of Danvers High School, has served four tours of duty overseas, including two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, but is being honored for what he did to help other Marines here at home.
“I was really stunned when I read the article (in the Military Times) about him, because he kind of keeps it close to the chest,” said Downing’s twin sister, Jennifer Corbin, of Danvers. “I knew about some of the stuff that he had done abroad on his deployments.”
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