Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Xin Qi.
Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Xin Qi
Died January 23, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
25, of Cordova, Tenn.; assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan; died Jan. 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release
Petty Officer, Second Class, Xin Qi, of Cordova was killed in action Saturday, January 23, 2010, in Afghanistan. Qi was with the Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He died while supporting combat operations. Qi was a corpsman. Corpsman often travel with Marines to give medical help when needed.
Qi was 25 years old and joined the Navy in June of 2006.
26 January 2010:
A 25-year-old Navy reservist and former University of Texas student was killed Saturday while serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman alongside U.S. Marine forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Xin Qi, of Cordova, Tennessee, was living in Central Texas and taking classes at the University of Texas before his deployment, said Lieutenant Commander Michael Evans, commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center at Camp Mabry, where Qi served as a Navy reservist.
“Petty Officer Qi was a dedicated sailor and an invaluable asset to both his reserve unit and to my staff,” Evans said in a statement. “He always lent his time and excellent corpsman skills to my medical department on drill weekends, which directly contributed to Austin’s sailors maintaining their medical and dental health at 100 percent, keeping them ready to answer our country’s call at a moment’s notice.”
Evans said Qi had volunteered for his deployment with the Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said Qi was killed while supporting combat operations. According to published reports, Qi was killed in a suicide bomb attack that killed a Marine and left others wounded.
Corpsmen, who are enlisted medical specialists, provide battlefield medical aid to Marine Corps units.
Guest Book for PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS Xin Qi, U.S. Navy
It has been over three years since I had to say goodbye to you in that awful dusty place. I wish I could have done more for you that day but I think that God had already accepted your sacrifice for your Marines.
Your goofy smile, love of that computer and ability to irritate Senior Chief always improved my attitude, even on the most awful days. I will always pray for your family.
Todd D Bell, CDR (FMF) USN
I went through FMSS with Qi, he was my platoon’s education officer (I believe that was the title) and would lead the class study sessions before tests. He was very motivated and had a LOT of drive. He certainly earned the title ‘Doc’ as he took his immediate job of saving lives very seriously as well as his overall sacrifice of his younger years to give back to this country. He wouldn’t have seen it as anything heroic however or even a sacrifice, to him this was more of an obligation to give back to our country. The fact that Qi was a Corpsman makes me even prouder of having been a ‘devil doc’ as I have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of giants like Xin Qi.
He was a very good Corpsman whom I would rather have looking over me than many MD’s that I know of if I was in need of care. Thank You Qi for leaving us with your legacy and privilege of knowing you. If his parents ever read this, please know your Son will not be forgotten and he has given hundreds of others inspiration and a role model. He was very sincere about his job and interactions with others, a very kind and caring individual.
Thank you for raising him right and giving us a brother who we had the privilege of serving with. I miss you Qi and thank you brother.