SGT Phillip A. Bocks - USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center
On Nov. 9th, 2007, SGT Bocks and 13 other U.S. soldiers were returning from a meeting with elders from the village of Aranus, Afghanistan when they were ambushed by militants using rocket-propelled grenades and firearms.Capt. Bocks, 28, died immediately. Five other Americans died in the attack and eight were wounded, Espinosa said. Three Afghan soldiers were killed.
A gun and outdoors enthusiast, Bocks joined the military in 2000 at age 20, training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. He had no relatives in the military; he loved it from the beginning.
Before he signed up for service in the Middle East, with training stops in Japan and Hawaii, Bocks had been scheduled to transfer from the Bridgeport center to another unit.
And although his patrol shifts over the harsh Afghanistan terrain were difficult, Bocks never complained in his frequent e-mails and phone calls to his family. Instead, he was focused on an upcoming tour of duty in Hawaii.
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