Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero
Died July 12, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, from the Big Island of Hawaii, died Friday of wounds suffered in combat with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Camero had been injured July 6 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. In June, Taliban insurgents increased attacks against coalition forces in northern Helmand, in an apparent bid to regain lost territory.
Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero came from a military family, and as a young boy he was always saluting, relatives told West Hawaii Today newspaper.
His aunt, Florida Ballio, said Camero emigrated from the Philippines at about age five and grew up in Waimea, where he enjoyed to cook, fish and play football, judo and wrestling. (The Defense Department had reported that Camero’s hometown was Kailua-Kona.)
“He would always goes fishing with his father whenever he had the time,” Ballio told the Hawaii newspaper. “I’m really trying to cope with it,” she added, speaking of Camero as if he were alive: “he’s a very, very good boy. Very active.”
A friend who attended boot camp with Camero wrote on his web site: “His lifelong goal was to become a Marine, and his childhood dream came true. … On July 6th, I heard you were hit badly by an IED (improvised explosive device,) and I prayed for you.”I will never forget you or any of the stunts we pulled.”
His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune