1/6 Marines mourn fallen warrior

28 Dec 2006 | Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr.

Standing together in solemn silence, many gathered to bid their final farewell to a fallen brother of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.

Marines and sailors from the battalion, along with soldiers from the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, came together to memorialize Lance Cpl. Myles C. Sebastien, during a ceremony at Camp Hurricane Point in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Dec. 28.

Sebastien, a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle driver and mortarman for Weapons Company, died during combat operations in the city on Dec. 20.

More than 50 service members were in attendance to honor the fallen warrior as a friend and a Marine.

“We’ve lost a brother, a friend and a good Marine, but the world lost a good man,” said Capt. Todd E. Mahar, 31-year-old commanding officer of Weapons Company.

Although shy towards those he didn’t know, Sebastien was known to his many friends as an outgoing, intelligent and patient individual.

His most memorable trait, however, was his genuine care for his fellow Marines and friends.

“If you needed help, Sebastien was there,” said Lance Cpl. Rosalio C. Hernandez, a 22-year-old rifleman for Weapons Company. “He never let you down.”

During the ceremony, Hernandez shared a short story that epitomized Sebastien’s care for his brothers-in-arms.

The story covered the actions taken by Sebastien after a long night of fun with his friends.

“In the morning, Sebastien woke us up, made us shave, and checked over our uniforms to make sure we were squared away,” said Hernandez. “Then he insisted on driving us into work.”

“He was always taking care of us,” said Hernandez.

Professionally, Sebastien was known as an outstanding Marine with a hunger for knowledge.

Originally a mortarman, Sebastien constantly pursued education and training to better himself in his job, and as a Marine.

“Sebastien regularly went outside his field of expertise to learn whatever he could, he wanted to excel in everything,” said Hernandez, a native of New York, N.Y.

Sebastien was an avid worker as well, easily adjusting to the stresses and difficulties of an infantry Marine operating in a combat zone.

“He never complained,” said Lance Cpl. Robert B. Hayes, a 20-year-old machine gunner for Weapons Company. “He just went out every day and did what he had to do.”

Although he was admired by his peers for his professional and personal example, Sebastien is most remembered for his love of family and friends, said Hayes, a native of Lebanon, Kent.

Sebastien constantly shared stories of his family with his peers, especially stories about his wife at home.

Sebastien’s wife, Kelie, was the pride of the young Marine’s life and the common topic of conversation for anyone who met him.

“Sebastien was always showing people his wedding photos,” said Hayes. “He wanted everyone to know how happy he was to be with her.”

As a friend and fellow warrior, Sebastien left a lasting impression on many in his company and throughout the battalion.

During the ceremony, the Marines and sailors who knew him pledged to honor Sebastien’s sacrifice by moving forward with his memory and accomplishing their mission.
“As long as we wear this uniform, we will never let Sebastien, his wife or his family down,” said Hernandez.

Sebastien was born in Opelousas, Louisiana on May 31, 1985. He graduated from Opelousas Senior High School.

Sebastien enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 7, 2004, and was conducting his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.