June 28, 2016


Marine reserve unit hit hard in Iraq War takes part in Sept. 11 event

COLUMBUS — Veterans of a Columbus-based Marine reserve unit that lost nine members in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2005 marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at a ballpark in Columbus in one of many public commemorations Sunday throughout Ohio.

About a dozen members of the Marines’ Lima Company participated in a memorial event at Huntington Park, where flags were placed in seats on the third-base side to represent the 2,977 people who died in the attacks.

The Marines, some in crisp blue dress uniforms with white caps and others wearing civilian clothes, included Gunnery Sgt. Shawn Delgado, who led the company from 2004 through 2008.

He said the attacks helped shape the men he led in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Those guys were in high school, junior high, elementary school when 9/11 happened,” he said. “They had it in their heart. They took it on themselves to join the Marine Corps knowing full well they were going to war.”

Lima Company was hit hard in Iraq and came to national attention in 2005 after 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were killed that year.

Fifteen of the 23 were from Ohio. A memorial at the ballpark depicted all 23.

Members of the military, emergency responders and victims of the attacks were honored at interfaith prayer gatherings and religious services around the state.