Images: Memorial mortar for fallen Marine begins long journey home [Image 3 of 5]
Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, pose with a mortar shell casing fired in memory of Sgt. Frank Zaehringer, a squad leader and native of Reno, Nev., who was killed in action in Marjah District, October 11, 2010. Zaehringer's platoon originally signed and fired the memorial illumination round the day Zaehringer fell. The Weapons Co. Marines searched for the shell casing for the rest of their deployment but had no luck finding it until the returned to Marjah in December 2011.An Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit with the battalion recovered the shell casing in February 2012, and returned it to Zaehringer's platoon. The Weapons Co. Marines plan to bring the shell casing home and present it to the fallen hero's family.
Date Posted:06.26.2012 03:39
Location:CAMP DWYER, AF