Area Marine Dies in Iraq

The intense fighting in Iraq continues to claim lives every day. Saturday several U.S. servicemen died, including the son of an area man.

Corporal David Gardner Weimortz would have been 29 Thursday, August 30. Saturday, his father, Terry Weimortz, who lives in Crestview, got the call that his son was dead.

"I think he knew he wasn't coming back because he gave me some personal items and he said, ‘Dad, I want you to have these.’"

David was driving along with a couple other Marines when the Jeep he was in hit a road side bomb. His father said he died immediately.

"I thank God that it was instantaneous because I worried that he may have suffered, and I couldn't have taken that."

David joined the Marines after he graduated college. His dad says after September 11th he felt like he had to fight. David Gardner Weimortz will be buried on September 11th.

"He said, ‘Dad, the minute we pull out they're going to be overrun,’ so I support the Marines. I was in Vietnam myself, but we need to get out of there before more families have to go through the grief that my daughter and his mother and me are going through. I could probably do without seeing the death."

This was David's second deployment to Iraq. He asked that his ashes be scattered in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

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