Capt Garrett T. Lawton
Please note that Captain Garret T. Lawton was from Beaufort, SC. Information released by the Marine Corps incorrectly listed him from Charleston WV, which is why the articles below are now corrected.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Marine from
According to a news release from the Department of Defense, 31-year-old Captain Garrett Lawton died Monday during combat operations in Herat province, Afghanistan.
Lawton was assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Here is Captain Lawton's career information from the DOD:
On 1 DEC 2008, Captain Lawton was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.
CAPTAIN GARRETT T. LAWTON
Thursday August 7, 2008
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Preliminary plans are being made to honor a Marine originally from
Captain Garrett T. Lawton was killed Monday while working with the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to a news release from the Department of Defense.
Lawton was 31 and leaves behind his wife Trish and their two sons, 4 and 6.
He joined the Marines in June 1996 and trained to become an F/A-18D Hornet Weapons System Operator. Lawton was promoted to Captain in 2004 and joined the Marines Special Operations Command in 2007.
Capt. Lawton was based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. and lived with his family in Sneads Ferry, a small village just across the New River from the Marine base.
The aviation officer was assigned to ground duty with the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion.
Jennifer Morton, a neighbor of the Lawton family, said Lawton's parents and family live in Beaufort, S.C., so she believed that any event in honor of Lawton will be there.
The community of Sneads Ferry was attempting to plan a gathering in Capt. Lawton's honor but nothing has been confirmed.
Lawton's wife Trish is a stay-at-home mom who teaches aerobics in her spare time and recently began teaching Zumba, Latin based dance aerobics. Trish has been teaching aerobics since high school. She celebrated a birthday last month.
A relative at the Lawton home said the family was doing "OK under the circumstances."
Capt. Lawton's decorations include Bronze Star w/V (posthumously for action which took place nine weeks prior to his death), 2 Purple Hearts, seven Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy Unit Commendation, a Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and a NATO Medal.