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Meet the Heroes adopted by the St. Louis chapter
Cpl. Chris Van Etten US Marine Corps
Christopher Van Etten, of O’Fallon, Illinois is the son of Wayne and Leigh Van Etten, both retired Air Force veterans. After graduating from O’Fallon Township High School in 2009, Chris enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 13, 2009.
Cpl. Justin McLoud US Marine Corps
Born and raised in Jefferson County, Missouri, Marine Cpl. Justin McLoud graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2006 as a star athlete, diehard Cardinal fan, and true American patriot. While he could have received a college scholarship to play baseball from any of a number of schools; upon graduation he chose, instead, to enlist in the Marine Corps.
CPL. Timothy Maguire US Marine Corps
Cpl. Timothy Maguire enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 2003 with his two best friends after graduating from Festus High School in 2002. After bootcamp, Cpl. Maguire went to Camp Pendleton for Marine Combat Training and then continued training from January to March 2004 in the Military Occupational Specialty of artillery at Marine Corps Base, Twenty-Nine Palms, California.
Cpl. Todd Nicely US Marine Corps
Arnold, Missouri native Todd A. Nicely was 26 years old when his life changed forever on March 26, 2010 while participating in combat operations against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. This young man was a Corporal in the Marine Corps.
Cpl. Tyler Huffman US Marine Corps
Every Marine regiment is rightfully proud of their history and tradition, as well as past and present successes. There can be, however, no clearer example of the sacrifice and valor of the Marine Corps’- than looking to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment – the Darkhorse Marines. JCS was honored and humbled to welcome Corporal Tyler Huffman, USMC, joining fellow Darkhorse, Cpl. Justin McLoud.
LCPL David “Moose” McArthur US Marine Corps
Born and raised in Jefferson County, where he graduated from Fox High School in 2008, LCpl. David “Moose” McArthur was active in the Boy Scouts, played football, enjoyed the outdoors and hunting with his dad. Indeed, from a young age, Moose knew that he was either going to play football in the NFL or be a US Marine. By his junior year in high school, he knew the time to pick a path was drawing close. After a visit to a Marine recruiter, however, he learned that his 315-pound, football-playing body would need to be slimmed down significantly to enlist. As a result, he continued his football path a bit longer.
LCpl. Erik R. Heldt US Marine Corps
Lance Corporal Erik Heldt, USMC, was the grandson of a World War II veteran. LCpl. Heldt graduated from Hermann High School as a star basketball and football player. In 2003, at age 24, he entered the United States Marine Corps because he believed that protecting our way of life was the right thing to do in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
SFC. Cory Remsburg US Army
Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, Army Ranger, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to St. Louis, Missouri as a teenager, where he attended Ritenour Junior High and High School in Overland, Missouri. He was active in marching band, orchestra and jazz band during high school. He also belonged to the German club, participated on the varsity volleyball team, and, ultimately, became interested in the Army Rangers. On his 18th birthday, he joined the US Army.
SGT Bobby Lisek US Army
Sergeant Bobby Lisek served in the United States Army from 2000-2006. Bobby has suffered and overcome numerous injuries after and IED hit the vehicle he was in.
SGT Legrand Strickland US Army
Raised in University City, Sgt. Legrand Strickland, had a calling to serve at an early age. Two years out of high school, Legrand enlisted in the United States Army as a light infantryman. After completing his initial enlistment, Legrand entered the National Guard as an infantry rifleman while he attended school at Oklahoma State University in the field of Visual Communications.
SGT Nathan Shumaker US Army
SGT Nathan Shumaker joined the U.S. Army in 2006 right after graduating from high school. He went to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training and went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for Advanced Individual Training as a Cannon Crewmember (Field Artillery). In October 2007, Nate was assigned to Alpha Battery 3rd Battalion 321st Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade. In December 2007, he deployed for 15 months to Khowst Province, Afghanistan. Nate’s unit’s mission was to provide artillery support for Coalition Forces.
Sgt. Denis Kisseloff US Army National Guard
It is with humbleness and honor that the Joshua Chamberlain Society adopted our first killed-in-action JCS Hero, Sgt. Denis Kisseloff, United States Army (Missouri National Guard). Sgt. Kisseloff was killed-in-action on May 14, 2010, leaving behind his two beautiful children, Serena and Aleksander.
Sgt. Michael Shuster US Army
Sergeant Michael Shuster, 82ndAirborne, United States Army. Michael attended Brown Elementary school in Florissant, Missouri and graduated Hazelwood North High School in 2007. He joined the United States Army in 2008 because of the hope it provided him in making a difference for America and his growth as a young man rising out of some difficult circumstances in North St. Louis County.
SPC Tim Taylor US Army
Specialist Tim Taylor served in the United States Army. He was adopted by JCS St. Louis in 2017.
SSG. Joshua Eckhoff US Army National Guard
SSG. Joshua Eckhoff, US Army National Guard, is a true American hero living amongst us and serves as a great reminder as to why we all have gotten involved in JCS – he has served our country with valor, sustained injuries on our behalf that he will.
SSgt Danielle Pothoof US Marine Corps
SSgt Danielle Pothoof served in the US Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, Camp Pendleton in California, and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. She comes from a family with many military members, and as she grew up, serving in the military became something she knew she wanted to do with her life.
SSGT. Jedidiah ‘Jay’ Vermillion US Marine Corps
Raised for most of his childhood in Perryville and Jackson, Missouri, Staff Sergeant Jedidiah “Jay” Vermillion, USMC always thought he would become a Marine. His grandfather was a Marine, fighting in the epic battle on Iwo Jima during World War II.
St. Louis News
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Corporal Tyler Huffman Promoted!
Read about the 2019 11th Shoot for the Troops.
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