Marine Prayer Request for Darkhorse not what it seems

Marine Prayer Request for Darkhorse not what it seems because it looks like someone just did a search of names to put this all together.
Not sure what to make out of this now. I did a search for more information on this prayer request I received by email. I remembered 9 in a week but not recently so I did some checking. One of the “Marines” listed as killed” this week” was from the UK and Staff Sergeant Brett Linley died in July.

When I did the search and came up with only posts copies from the same email I received, it seemed very odd. The first news story I found was on Staff Sgt. Linley, served with the UK military and was killed in July. Matthew Weikert was in the Army and so was Chase Stanley.

Staff Sergeant Brett Linley
Bomb disposal expert who saved hundreds of lives killed in Afghanistan
Last updated at 8:46 AM on 20th July 2010

A bomb disposal expert who saved hundreds of lives in Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban bomb.
Staff Sergeant Brett Linley, 29, died while clearing explosives on Saturday and was hailed by his military bosses as a ‘true hero’.
In five months on the front line with the Royal Logistic Corps, he defused 100 bombs, on one occasion dismantling three in just one hour.

Justin Allen and Justus Bartelt were killed in July

July 25, 2010
The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, or who died at a U.S. military hospital of their injuries:

Justin B. Allen, 23, of Coal Grove, Ohio; sergeant, Army. Allen was shot and killed July 18 during a firefight in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Justus S. Bartelt, 27, of Polo, Ill.; staff sergeant, Marine Corps. Bartelt was killed July 16 while supporting combat operations in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert
Died July 17, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Jacksonville, Ill.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 17 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Marine Cpl. Dave M. Santos
Died July 16, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Rota, Marianas Islands of the Pacific; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

I am not sure who did this or why they did it but they did it. It is an email hoax.
Prayer Request

We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd
Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in
Afghanistan and they have lost 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE
the message spread if more could pass it on.

Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.
Nothing in the media about these guys because no one seems to care:

Justin Allen, 23,

Brett Linley, 29,

Matthew Weikert, 29,

Justus Bartett, 27,

Dave Santos, 21,

Chase Stanley, 21,

Jesse Reed, 26,

Matthew Johnson, 21,

Zachary Fisher, 24,

Brandon King, 23,

Christopher Goeke, 23,

Sheldon Tate, 27,

All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week.

It looks like the “this week” was back in October and had different names.

This is the real story

Unit in Sangin loses 9 Marines in 4 days

By Dan Lamothe – Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 18:11:02 EDT
The 3/5 casualties in October include:

• Sgt. Ian Tawney, 25. The squad leader was killed Saturday by an improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol, Marine officials said. He enlisted on March 14, 2005, and had deployed to Iraq in 2007.

• Lance Cpl. James Boelk, 24. The infantry rifleman was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol last Friday, officials said. He was on his first combat deployment.

• Lance Cpl. Joseph Lopez, 26. The infantry rifleman was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol last Thursday, officials said. He was on his first combat deployment.

• Lance Cpl. Alec Catherwood, 19. The infantry rifleman was shot to death while on a foot patrol last Thursday, officials said. He was on his first combat deployment.

• Lance Cpl. Irvin Ceniceros, 21. The machine gunner was shot to death while on a foot patrol last Thursday, officials said. He was on his first combat deployment.

Four additional Marines were killed last Wednesday in the same IED blast while riding in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV, according to media reports. Those Marines include:

• Cpl. Justin Cain, 22. The machine gunner was on his first combat deployment.

• Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge, 19. The anti-tank assaultman was on his first deployment.

• Lance Cpl. Joseph Rodewald, 21. The machine gunner was on his first combat deployment.

• Pfc. Victor Dew, 20. The anti-tank assaultman was on his first deployment.

Additional details about the deaths were not immediately available, but the Corps said the unit is now based in Sangin in a news release covering the death of Lance Cpl. John Sparks, 23. He was shot to death Oct. 8, becoming the first Marine to die on 3/5’s deployment, Marine officials said.

The most recent Marine casualty announced was Cpl. Jorge Villarreal, 22. A member of Pendleton’s 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, he died Sunday from an IED blast while on a foot patrol.
Unit in Sangin loses 9 Marines in 4 days

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10 Responses to "Marine Prayer Request for Darkhorse not what it seems"

  1. .  March 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Talking to your imaginary friend will do nothing.

  2. Chaplain Kathie  January 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I am very sorry for your son’s loss and hold them all in my prayers.

    I understand. If you read the new article I put up on Veteran’s Today, “When they can’t see the enemy” you will see the update to the latest news on them. I used a quote from one of them talking about how they can’t see the enemy, added a lot of information on PTSD and what they will be facing. This original article does clear up the heavy losses and I tried to do some justice to them. The point of the way I put this up was that the email was wrong and needed to be cleared up so that people would know there were that many losses in one week and their names should matter to this disconnected public. The email has been sent to me many times and I was saddened when I discovered so many wrong names including the death of a soldier from the UK.

  3. Deanna Giles  January 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Chaplain Kathie,
    I have no idea why the original email was incorrect. It got a FW,FW,FW. I knew the situation and knew right away the names were wrong. I have no idea where it got started, but I, like the 3/5 mom from Maine, would appreciate you letting the public know that even though the names were wrong, the 3/5 is taking a beating. The Twitter leaves the wrong impression.
    Even Friday a new name was added to the KIA list, Sgt. Jason Amore. He was with my son’s best friend’s platoon.
    The LA Times even came out with an article dated Jan. 22, 2011 about the tough job the 3/5 have had.

  4. Chaplain Kathie  January 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Sandy, thank you for your comment considering you have a personal relationship to this. May God watch over your son and all with him.
    This prayer request upset me for one simple reason. The wrong names, even a soldier from the UK were lumped into this tragic story of loss. Their deaths were none the less important and heartbreaking for the families however when someone did not take the time to even use the right names, it did not justify the loss they tried to ask for prayers for. It took only seconds to get the right names from Google and a few more to find out about the names listed in error. The writer of the email sent out should have done the same.
    This morning I went to the service for a local Medal of Honor fallen soldier.

    CASSELBERRY — Hundreds of people gathered at a cemetery Saturday to watch the unveiling of a memorial to a special Oviedo soldier.

    A headstone placed at the grave of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller notes that Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military recognition. Miller, who died serving in Afghanistan, was the first member of Operation Enduring Freedom to be awarded the honor.,0,2121334.story

    While the Orlando Sentinel said hundreds of people were there including Florida Gov. Scott, several generals and other high ranking brass, there were not as many people as I thought there should be. I will do a post on this later but it shows that this country is disconnected from both wars and the men and women serving this country. An email like this one sent around the country does not honor all the lives lost any more than it honors the lives of all the others.

    All of them are in our thoughts and our prayers.

  5. sandy cook  January 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Also, if possible, you might consider updating your posting with the accurate information as the lead, I think it is great that you have a following, but I hate that all the accurate information has to be buried way down in a thread, and what comes up in google is your “lead”….

    3/5 Maine Mom

  6. sandy cook  January 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Chaplain Kathie,
    I would like to suggest that everyone on this thread focus on what’s actually going on with 3/5, no one is asking for prayers for a situation “that’s not what it seems.”

    And it certainly is not an individual mom’s issue if someone, in an incorrect email, posted wrong names, or got the dates confused, or whatever. How on earth would the second mom know— She’s not responsible for getting names corrected or knowing why inaccuracies floated around the internet.

    Yes, the casualties happened early & fast and they have continued. A recent video released by the USMC of 3/5 in Sangin mentioned over 100 wounded and on the date it was filmed, there were only 22 KIA through that date. Does it make that video “inaccurate” because it was filmed at an earlier date and doesn’t carry the information updated the 17th of January that now the number Killed In Action is 23 ?

    Go to the Department of Defense website and you can verify everything that another 3/5 mom has posted. Or Google is a wonderful tool —-you can read articles that are very recent in the New York Times, or a very recent article- yesterday- from an embedded reporter with the BBC. We’ve even had accurate articles posted in the Dallas Morning News as an AP reporter was embedded with India company. And last but not least, you can even go to and get verification that yes, the 3/5 Marines out of Camp Pendleton, the “Dark Horse Battalion,” have had many casualties, and many, many wounded.

    I wish everyone would spend their energies supporting the Marines of 3/5 instead of having threads like these bouncing around.

    Another 3/5 Mom

  7. Chaplain Kathie  January 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Thank you very much for posting this. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. Do you have any idea why the original person posted the wrong names on the email going out around the country? Did they correct the names or did they respond to you at all?

    Please let your son and his “brothers” know they have not been forgotten and we hold all of them in our hearts.

  8. Deanna Giles  January 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    My son is currently serving with the 3/5 Darkhorse battalion in Sangin, Afghanistan. They have lost 23 marines as of today, January 17.
    I personally attended Lance Cpl. Kenny Corzine’s funeral (he was in my son’s squad). He died on Christmas Eve from injures received from an IED in early December.
    Sgt.Ian Tawney attended my son’s wedding and his wife gave birth to their first child this month.
    Cpl. Wyatt was killed on a Monday and his wife gave birth to their first child on the next day.
    Matthew Broehm and Brandon Pierson were in the squad of my son’s best bud since 7th grade. They were shot in cold blood by an ANA while they were on guard duty for the rest of the squad. The ANA then ran off in the dark.
    These deaths are near to our hearts.
    I also received the same email mentioned in this blog and knew right away the names were incorrect. I added the correct names and sent it back to the original sender.
    So things have been very deadly for the 3/5. I have heard over 100 have been injured. Those numbers are harder to verify. There are at least 3 from my son’s platoon that have lost 2 legs and all or part of an arm.
    Do pray for the 3/5. Pray the possible peace talks work out and we don’t lose any more lives or limbs in Sangin, Afghanistan.
    Below is the correct list of names of those KIA from the 3/5.

    Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, 23, of Chicago, Ill., died Oct. 8
    Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, Wis., died Oct. 13
    Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, of Saint Charles, Mo., died Oct. 13
    Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, 21, of Albany, Ore., died Oct. 13
    Pfc. Victor A. Dew, 20, of Granite Bay, Calif., died Oct. 13
    Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, 21, of Clarksville, Ark., died Oct. 14
    Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood, 19, of Byron, Ill., died Oct. 14
    Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, 26, of Rosamond, Calif., died Oct. 14
    Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk, 24, of Oceanside, Calif., died Oct. 15
    Sgt. Ian M. Tawney, 25, of Dallas, Ore., died Oct. 16
    Lance Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson, 21, of Arvada, Colo., died Nov. 4
    Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, 22, of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Nov. 4
    Lance Cpl. Randy R. Braggs, 21, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Nov. 6
    2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Nov. 9
    Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, 20, of Arlington Heights, Ill., died Nov. 10
    1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, 27, of Picayune, Miss., died Nov. 25
    Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died Dec. 2
    Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt, 25, of Akron, Ohio, died Dec. 6
    Pfc. Colton W. Rusk, 20, of Orange Grove, Texas, died Dec. 6
    Sgt. Jason D. Peto, 31, of Vancouver, Wash., died Dec. 7
    Lance. Cpl. Jose L. Maldonado, 21, of Mathis, Texas, died Dec. 17
    Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, 23, of Bethalto, Ill., died Dec. 24
    Cpl. Tevan L. Nguyen, 21, of Hutto, Texas, died Dec. 28

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