Unlike many of us who are utterly clueless after High School, Mark T. Carter knew that from very early on that he wanted to become a Navy SEAL. After graduating from boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, Carter went on to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training where more than half of the class will not finish. He was given the nickname “Badger” after beating a fellow SEAL in a wrestling match who stood a foot taller than him. After graduating, Carter would quickly move up the ranks serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. His specialty would be communications, keeping everyone involved in a mission in constant contact, a highly important position
Carter was killed in combat on an undisclosed mission on December 11th, 2007. At his funeral service, Carter earned third Bronze Star in addition to his others along with a Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” for valor.
I hope everyone gets to spend Memorial Day with someone they love, be good. And to everyone who has or is currently serving, our thanks to you.