On November 28, 2012 Congressman Tom McClintock was granted permission to address the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the naming of a post office in Roseville, California after Lance Corporal Victor A. Dew, U.S.M.C. He also talked a little bit about Dew’s personal life, which in many ways had only just begun.
“In high school, he met a remarkable young lady by the name of Courtney Gold. They both went on to attend Sierra College, and that’s when they began dating. Victor had great plans. He had grown up dreaming of becoming a marine. When he was 12 years old, he had hung a Marine Corps flag over his bed. Every morning after that, he woke up under that flag and the proud words emblazoned on it: Semper Fidelis.”
“He steeped himself in military history. He was fully aware of the mortal dangers he would face; yet in the summer of 2009, he enthusiastically enlisted. When Courtney asked him why, he said, It’s my dream. I feel like I need to do this. One of his comrades put it this way: ‘Victor lived every day with a purpose like it was his last. He always had a joke to tell you or a way to make your day better. He would have tough days and instead of being negative, he would say, This is the kind of stuff I live for.’ Well, he had everything to live for. Before shipping out, he brought Courtney to one of his favorite places in the world, Disneyland, where he asked her to be his wife.”
“They were to be married when he returned. In the Marines, he was offered a posting to a ceremonial position in the Presidential detail right here in Washington, but he turned it down. He believed his duty and his destiny was to keep the fight away from our shores, away from his family and his country; and so he chose combat even when he had been offered safe and honorable service at home. Instead of the prestigious Presidential detail he had been offered, Victor Dew chose to become one of the boys of 3/5: Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment of the First Marine Division. He deployed to combat duty in Afghanistan on September 25, 2010. Less than 3 weeks later, on October 13, Lance Corporal Victor Dew, age 20, died from his wounds after his column was ambushed and an explosive device destroyed his vehicle. Lost with him were three other fallen heroes”, said McClintock (source: Congressional Record http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2012-11-28/pdf/CREC-2012-11-28.pdf ).
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