Warrior Stories: Liz Thompson

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Sgt. Liz Thompson is an Iraq War veteran who served in the US Marine Corps from 1999-2007. She shares the emotional story about her assignment as a Family Readiness Officer and her experiences notifying the families of the fallen.

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  1. 19KILOO7
    19KILOO7 Mar 27, 2015

    I was OIC for maybe 10 funerals. It was a lot of stress and work as we helped put the fallen warrior in the ground. It required us to practice a lot to make it perfect to give our respect of the deceased and the family. I presented the flag, then stood up and saluted, then I did an about face and marched off. This sense of finality always got the widow to cry.

  2. 27563208
    27563208 Mar 28, 2015

    This reminds me so much, of my first buddy that I lost in boot camp. Because his was a needless lose in boot camp in the Marines. And then I went on to lose friends while I was in Vietnam.

  3. 27563208
    27563208 Mar 28, 2015

    The HBO movie, "Taking Chance", starring Kevin Bacon, covers this so well. It should be seen by one and all.

  4. DannyHansen
    DannyHansen Mar 28, 2015

    Having done these ceremonies I contend it is the hardest job you can give a service member to do. Salute and Semper Fi Marine.

  5. Byrne1371
    Byrne1371 Mar 30, 2015

    Sgt. Liz Thompson is a great Marine whom I know personally. What is not mentioned in this video is that she later did in fact deploy to Iraq. You will notice in the photos that she is wearing her Medals from that deployment. I think this video was very powerful in reminding people of another nature of the war. Semper Fi Liz.

  6. flatheadv8
    flatheadv8 Mar 30, 2015

    I'm confused.... to be an "Iraq war veteran" would you have had to serve IN Iraq? Or just have served during the war? I served during the Viet Nam war but was NOT sent to Viet Nam. Am I a Viet Nam veteran?

  7. 33803833
    33803833 Mar 30, 2015

    Thank You so very much for your Service to or Country and for baring your soul. You were obviously chosen for this assignment for a reason, your care and compassion come right through. The families, given this news, could not have come from a more caring Marine. Ypu have done your Country so proud.

  8. JRM0919
    JRM0919 Apr 01, 2015

    Sgt Thompson , First of all you served THAT is what counts . I joined up in 1972 right out of high school and was at first upset that I didn't get to go over to Viet Nam . Then one of my Senior Sgt's explained sure I probably could go over but I was needed right there in Washington at the Air Force base . Then in 1990 I was activated by the Army Reserve and went to Operation Desert Shield / Storm , There it dawned on me just what that Sgt back in 1973 meant by what he said . For every man or Woman on the line you need an estimated 90 to 120 people at support Bases and back HOME to support that one Person . So look at it this way your job was VERY , VERY important . Thank you for your service and don't forget you counted . Sgt John R McRill jr U S Army ( Retired )

  9. 33738908
    33738908 Apr 01, 2015

    GOD BLESS YOU LIZ, WHAT YOU DO IS A GREAT SERVICE TO THE MARINES, I LOST A GRANDSON IN AFAGHANISTAN AUG. 7,2010 MARINE LCpl. KEVIN M. CORNELIOUS WHO WAS ONLY 20years OLD...AT MY FROUND DOOR KEVIN SAID TO ME IF I DON'T COME BACK, I WILL BE IN A BETTER PLACE...STRONG BELIEVE IN GOD AS I ALSO DERVED IN THE ARMY JAN.1955 TO JAN.1958, was a M.P. RECIEVED A HONORABLE DISCHARGE PFC CARMEN LEFTY CORBISSERO.....I AM NOW 80YEARS YOUNG...WISH I COULD OF TAKEN THE BULLET FOR KEVIN....:)

  10. GadsdenFlag
    GadsdenFlag Apr 28, 2015

    God bless Liz Thompson.

  11. 10177882
    10177882 Nov 11, 2015

    Amazing side of the war not many see, or hear about. It is great that this Marine chose to tell a story from a different side; I am sure there are combat stories too. This is a great example - often staying in country [in wartime] is not all its cracked up to be, while others deploy. Not in it for the recognition, but to inform the public. Semper Fi.

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