LCpl DeShon E. Otey, 24
|Lance Cpl. Deshon E. Otey, 24, of Hardin, Ky, died June 21 from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.|
Lance Corporal DeShon Otey, a young Marine killed by enemy fire in Iraq, was laid to rest Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. DeShon Otey knew he had accepted a dangerous assignment. His family felt both sadness and pride because Otay died a hero. It was full military honors to mourn 24-year-old DeShon Otay. "We were like brothers," said Lance Corporal Ian McCall, one of DeShon's best friends. DeShon's mother, Robin Mays says, "I'm sad, but I feel good because I know my son's a hero."
Hoping to one day join the F.B.I., DeShon became a Marine sniper, a dangerous job in Iraq. Two days before he died, DeShon had a premonition, but the following Monday he is believed to be one of four Marines ambushed. At his funeral in Elizabethtown, friends, political leaders, and family members gave an emotional goodbye. Then at Cave Hill Cemetery, the end to two weeks of mourning, an American flag, folded, for a young American's life was given to his family.
He died far away, but will be
remembered so close to so many people's hearts. At the funeral, Otey's family
handed out a poem. "Don't spend too much time in mourning," they wrote. "Tears
are for the sad. I left to be with Jesus and this should make you glad." Otey
was the 13th Kentucky soldier to die in Iraq. His brother is also a Marine and
was scheduled to deploy to the Middle East, but has now decided to stay in