FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Afghanistan --
He died doing what he dedicated his life to: placing himself in harm’s way to protect his fellow Marines.
Second Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment gathered here, Nov. 12, to remember the good times with Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Weapons Company, 2/6.
Emrick was highly regarded by his fellow Marines for his job proficiency, adventurous spirit and sense of humor.
As it happened, Emrick could have been enjoying life in southern California rather than patrolling through Marjah on that fateful day of Nov. 5. When he agreed to pack for Afghanistan, only six months had passed since he returned from his last deployment with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In fact, Emrick had deployed three times in the last two years: first for Operation Iraqi Freedom, February-September 2008; then with 11th MEU, September 2009 – April 2010; and finally to Marjah, for Operation Enduring Freedom, October 2010.
“Jordan joined our team just a few short weeks before leaving,” said Staff Sgt. Donavin Bender, the EOD team chief with Weapons Company, 2/6. “He was asked if he would like to deploy to Afghanistan after returning from the MEU, and of course he couldn’t refuse the offer and replied with ‘hells yeah!’”
Gunnery Sgt. Michelle Mullen, the 3rd Civil Affairs Group chief and a longtime friend of Emrick, admitted that she was worried about him deploying again so soon.
“I’ll be honest with you; I didn’t want him to come out here again,” said Mullen, “but he told me that there was still so much to do and he wasn’t done.”
Bender said Emrick’s dedication and enthusiasm will be missed.
“We had many laughs together with our Weapons Company team and were enjoying the work in our area along with our fabulous living conditions,” Bender joked. “I sure am going to miss the laughs with Jordan but will never forget the work we did or the times we spent together doing what we love to do, which is saving lives and preventing injuries, even if we have to pay the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.”
Emrick’s personal awards include the Purple Heart Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.