Saturday, August 6, 2011

British Marine Commando James Wright

Royal Marine James Robert Wright was killed in action in Afghanistan on 5th August 2011 after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint. 22-year-old Marine Wright, from Weymouth, Dorset, died later from his injuries.

Before the incident, the Marine from 42 Commando had been on foot patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province when they came under fire from insurgents. With the help of mortars and close air support, the group broke contact with the insurgents and returned to their checkpoint. They then came under further attack, which is when Marine Wright fell.

His family has said how proud they were of him and how he "touched the lives of everyone who knew him". Marine Wright's partner Shelley is expecting their baby.

Major Aaron Fisher, Officer Commanding, Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, said of Marine Wright that his "courage, heart and gentle manner will be long remembered".

Tributes from his family and comrades say it all: "he was a hero who died for his country."

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