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Oregon Community Says Goodbye to a Hero (VIDEO)Tim King Salem-News.com Video Report
Marc Lee grew up in the Portland and Hood River area.
(HOOD RIVER) - The city of Hood River Oregon said goodbye to one of its own Saturday. Friends, family, active duty servicemen and veterans all joined together to recall the life of 28-year old Marc Lee, a young man who leaves many loved ones behind.
Marc was a Navy SEAL, one of the nation’s elite commandos that have been on the cutting edge when it comes to freedom and security, for decades. Marc was the first Navy SEAL to die in combat in Iraq.
When it comes to high level security and reconnaissance work, the Navy SEAL’s are among the best. During training, Marc almost failed because of pneumonia when he first went through the underwater demolitions program. After healing, he successfully became one of the Navy’s elite and it is a grueling and challenging life, even in peacetime.
Marc was killed while on operations in Iraq, and now the hundreds who gathered to pay their respects say the world has lost a real friend. And the sailors who knew him lost a brother in Marc, one who took his profession very seriously and a person whose character didn’t waiver.
It looked like most of the city of Hood River, Oregon turned out for the solemn event. A motorcycle escort group called the Patriot Guard was on hand to ensure that the funeral received a proper level of respect.
The Gold Star banner was presented to Marc’s family, it is the symbol of the ultimate sacrifice, and something that brings out the good in most people.
Marc Lee’s service was held at the Hood River Expo Center.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
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