Navy Hospital man Eric D. Warren — June 2013 Shipment Honoree
Died May 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
LHCP’s June shipments will be made in honor of Navy Corpsman Eric D. Warren 23. Eric enlisted in the U.S. Navy, graduated from corpsman school, completed Fleet Marine Force training as a combat corpsman, and he was henceforth considered a Marine. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.Eric attended school at Dale, Grove, Shawnee, and graduated from McLoud High School in 2008. As a child, he was active in Cub Scouts, numerous little league sports, and earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Later he was active in his church youth group, football, wrestling, and drama.
Eric died May 26 of wounds received in action due to an improvised explosive device in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
“Our nation owes him our upmost gratitude and earnest thanks. Eric was preceded in death by his great grandma and grandpa Starkey, Uncle James Burris, and his precious granny Sebena Burris. He is survived by his mother and father Donna and Marvin Warren, Jr.; his birth father, William and his wife Patti, sister Paris, brothers Chance Houston and Torn Burris; maternal grandmother Carole Nichols, maternal grandfather Senior Chief W.D. Nichols USN (Ret.) and wife Paulette, aunt Lori Nichols, uncle Darin Nichols, his wife Terra and son Kai; grandparents Yvonne and Charles Eoff, Marvin, Sr. and Libbey Warren; his aunt Michelle and husband Jeff Edmonson, his uncles Melvin Burris and Philip Burris and his wife Paula; and numerous cousins, family, and friends who all grieve his absence: know that your precious one loved his family and country deeply. HN Eric D. Warren joins the thousands who have given, so that you and I might enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.”
SHAWNEE, OK. U.S. Navy HN, 2ND MDIV FMF LNT 05/26/2012, SANGIN, AFGHANISTAN
Eric Dean “Doc” Warren was born November 22, 1988. He was a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012 for his third tour of duty. HM Warren was killed 4 months into the deployment. HM Warren attended school at Dale, Grove, Shawnee, and graduated from McLoud High School in 2008. As a child, he was active in Cub Scouts, little league sports, and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Eric was also active in his church youth group, football, wrestling, and drama.
HM Warren enlisted in the U.S. Navy, graduated from corpsman school, completed Fleet Marine Force training as a combat corpsman, and he was then qualified to be a Marine.
“When he was home last time, I shook his hand and he hugged my neck and whispered in my ear ‘pray for me,’” Reverend Ron Baldridge said. “I prayed for him every day.”
Eric was a skinny kid with a mischievous streak who took pleasure in challenging his pastor and youth minister, Reverend Baldridge explained. Kevin Spurgin, youth minister at Eric’s church said HM Warren knew the possible consequences of being in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, but any fears he may have had were overcome by pride for the job he was doing there. There was a 60-second standing ovation for Eric during his funeral service to commemorate HM Warren’s service to his country, and the ultimate sacrifice he and his family made.
Courtesy of Fallen Heroes Project