From Maj. Margaret Weitzel, USMC:
"I wanted to tell you what I know about Cpl Marcus Preudhomme. My buddies from 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines are devastated at the loss of their Bn Cmdr, F Co CO and motivated Corporal in last week’s bomb at the town hall meeting in Karmah. It is only a few miles just northeast from the base at Fallujah. The Marines of 2/3 have been working so closely with the local Sheiks (Shakes) to develop their organizational management and support the progress of Iraqi government so that we can turn over control of Al Anbar to them. The bomb that killed the N. Florida Marine was an inside job – meant to thwart the efforts of those good people. The Corporal was known to be courageous and caring toward the Iraqi people and was instrumental in assisting in the town hall meetings that were regularly held at the location where the suicide bomber struck. His parents should be incredibly proud of the impact that his service has made on the independence of Iraqis."
SGT Preudhomme - he was just promoted - was a 2004 graduate of Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach. He must have been well liked as there are condolence signs up all over town.
He arrives home today at 2 p.m.
Our hearts and prayers are with the family.