Military Hero Marcus Mahdee
by Kevin Caruso
Military hero Marcus Mahdee, 20, of Florida, was an outstanding Marine.
He was extremely patriotic and serving in the Marines was very important to him.
He was also inspired by six of his uncles who served in the military.
Marcus was a great athlete who excelled in football and weight lifting.
Marcus was also a devout Christian and a leader in his church, the Church of Christ at Sylvania Heights.
He loved to sing in church and to teach the children about the Bible.
“Marcus was always willing to help teach younger kids about the faith, said George Rogers, assistant pastor at Sylvania Heights.
And Marcus made his desire to join the Marines known to his friends at church.
"He wanted to step up to the plate and defend his country," said Rogers.
Marcus was deployed to Iraq in January 2005.
Marcus was killed in an explosion in Iraq on May 8, 2005, while conducting combat operations.
There is a void in the church that Marcus attended, and the entire community misses him.
Marcus was a very special person who always went out of his way to help others and always lived by his Christian values.
Mike Owens, Marcus’ high school football coach, said that he bests remember Marcus for the person that he was off of the football field.
Coach Owens asked several players to help in a community service project, but very few showed up. Marcus, on the other hand, was the first to arrive; and he was the most helpful.
That was how Marcus was…he constantly gave to others and put others first.
Marcus was a handsome, caring, intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated Marine.
God bless you Marcus.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
America is proud of you.
You are a true military hero.
We miss you.
We love you.
You are an angel.