My Amazing BrotherStephanie Johnson, Greenville, MS
This is not so much a story as it is really me just wanting to let it be known what a HERO my brother was, and how much I love and miss him. My whole family loves and misses my brother. When he decided he wanted to join the Marine Corps, we were very proud and supported him. He graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, SC on February 11, 2011. On December 12th, 2012, his 22nd birthday, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Only six weeks later he was shot by a supposed Afghan ally and killed instantly. The news was a shock to my mother, who had Marines show up at her door with a letter just hours after it happened. He died just ten days shy of one year since graduating. We love and miss him so very much. I try to tell myself that he died doing something he was proud of, and somehow it helps ease the pain, but some nights it doesn’t help at all. He was only 22 and had so much life left to live. He had a girl he was very sweet on and couldn’t wait to continue his relationship with her. I know that eventually he wanted marriage and to have babies of his own. Knowing he will never experience those things breaks my heart so badly. I just want my brother to be remembered as a hero and recognized. I love you so much! RIP Lance Corporal Edward J. Dycus.