A Grieving Community

The untimely loss of the three Marines has left a palpable void at Camp Lejeune. The base, home to several major Marine Corps commands and one Navy command, is known for its strong sense of community and camaraderie among service members. News of the tragic incident has rippled through the base and the wider military community, prompting an outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes to the three young Marines.


Honoring the Young Marines

The Marines were identified as Lance Cpl. Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, from Madison, Wisconsin, Lance Cpl. Merax C. Dockery, 23, from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, and Lance Cpl. Ivan R. Garcia, 23, from Naples, Florida. All three were motor vehicle operators with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2. Friends, colleagues, and mentors have taken to social media platforms to share their memories of Kaltenberg, Dockery, and Garcia. They are remembered as committed Marines who served their country with honor and dignity, demonstrating a level of commitment and dedication that was beyond their years.

Support from the Marine Corps Family

While the Marine Corps and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office continue their investigations, the Camp Lejeune community is rallying to support the families of the Marines. Fundraising efforts are being organized to assist with unexpected expenses and provide additional support to the grieving families. Mental health resources and grief counseling services are also being made available to base personnel affected by the tragedy.