Captain John Carlin was awarded The Silver Star in Vietnam for conspicuous gallantry. He suffered a concussion retrieving a radio that was unmanned as the radio operator had been killed. With this radio he directed troops and provided valuable intelligence to Marines who were not getting orders.

Robert Derr enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 and fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.   He’s been a volunteer for more than 35 years at a Clermont County children’s charity and over 30 years at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. He also chairs the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee.

Marine Pilot, Captain Seth Mitchell, a member of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was killed during a helicopter collision.  During his time in the Marines, he received 10 medals and commendations, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt Mark Wojciechowski was born, red, white, and blue. The son of two military parents who served in the Army and the grandson of a war veteran with 22 years of service. "Wojo" was assigned to the 2236 Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. He earned the Navy/Marine Commmendation Medal for his service.

Marine Captain Tyler Swisher is one of a few soldiers from Clermont County buried in Arlington National Cemetary.  Captain Swisher was a graduate of Butler University. Captain Swisher is a recipient of the Purple Heart earned while in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Retired Marine Danny Ruck has started a local campaign for businesses to reserve Purple Heart parking spaces. Deputy Ruck suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs, right arm, and above his right eye. He broke his tailbone and lower back, and he suffered brain scarring from the IED that exploded under his vehicle. Deputy Ruck has earned his own parking spot.


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