Let the memory of Wesley be with us forever
  • 27 years old
  • Born on January 1, 1984 .
  • Passed away on January 14, 2011 .

Marine Sgt. Wesley James Rice
Died January 14, 2011 Serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
27, of San Antonio, TX; Assigned to the Assault Amphibian School Battalion, Training and Instructor, died January 14, 2011 as a result of a training mission at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Marine SGT. Wesley J. Rice
Sunrise: 01/01/1984 Sunset: 01/14/2011

There was no surprise that Wesley would make his entrance into our world on no other day than January 1st, NEW YEARS DAY with a bang! He would continue to captivate us with that same spirit of amazement as he lived for the next 27 years. There was never a dull moment when he was in your presence. Wesley was a charming and wonderful son, brother, husband, father and friend. His generous and caring spirit was deeply rooted in him. He loved God, his country, his family and friends. Wesley was a people person. If there was an inclination that you were feeling down or troubled, Wesley was there to lift you up with encouraging words, silly stunts or wisecracking jokes! During his deployments he kept morale up with his comical antics. Wesley enjoyed the outdoors. As a child he loved to skateboard, roller-skate, ride his bike, go camping, fishing and swimming. As he grew older, video games became a part of his life as did the cooking and food channel networks. We all miss his invigorating spirit but find comfort in knowing God’s word is true; Wesley is in the presence of our one true God.

Enlistment: March 14, 2005, United States Marine Corps.

Graduation: June 10, 2005, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA.
In September 2005, Sgt. Rice graduated the Assault Amphibian School.

Deployed March 2006 with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Delta Company, 2nd Platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Deployed July 2007 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Ponce.

In September 2009, reported to Assault Amphibian School Battalion, Training and Instructor Company as an Instructor.

During his Marine Corps career, Sergeant Rice’s personal awards include: Combat Action, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2), and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Navy Unit Commendation.


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