- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 15, 1984
- Date of passing: Jan 26, 2005
|Let the memory of LCpl Karl be with us forever|
Karl R. Linn was a tinkerer with a flair for the creative. Even while at war, friends could keep up with him through a Web site he'd rigged from Iraq. The site shows photos of guns and helicopters. One is labeled, "Little old me with the Kalashnikov," and others offer a view of the Euphrates from his balcony. "Welcome to my improvised website about my current adventures in Iraq," it says. "For those of you who don't know me (or for those who simply don't remember), my name's Karl, and the Marine Corps Reserve has called me into active service for the time being." Linn, 20, of Chesterfield, Va., died Jan. 26 during an attack on his convoy near Haditha. He was based at Lynchburg. Linn, who helped start a robotics team at high school, was a mechanical engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was so small in stature when he first went into basic training _ 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds _ that he was put on double rations. "God, everybody that knew him loved him," said his father, Richard. "He was a little guy _ but he was a little gem." He also is survived by his mother, Malisa.
Karl enjoyed painting, paintball, and firearms. He co-founded a
robotics team at his high school and went on to earn a scholarship in
mechanical engineering at VCU. He was a gentleman and the most decent
person you can imagine.
All Medals Received
Combat Action Ribbon
Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device
Rifle Marksman Badge
All Awards Received
Meritorious Mast - Honor grad in his Combat Engineer training
"Life has its ups and downs, its tears and its strife, the struggles and the joy. You were taken away from us 11 years ago. Some days it feels like it was yesterday. I remember the laughter, the tears, The many nights we sat up just chatting. Our favorite past time of gummy bears and a crappy movie. A game of worms, where once in a while you actually would let me win (and to tell you the truth i never learned how to play it) I did actually learn how to type with more than two fingers finally. Not a day goes by where I dont think of you. Sharing a joke or my clumsiness, a new song I wanted to sing to you, another crappy movie. What I miss most is your ability to make everything better. All I would have to do is look into your eyes to know that everything will be ok.
Eventhough things change, through no fault of our own, life moves on. I keep your picture on my desk in my office. A solemn reminder that I will always have my marine watching over me. My own Karlothario ( i did finally look that word up... ) I still hear your laugh from time to time. I know you are with me. I just cant help but miss you."
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