Lance Cpl Curtis M. Swenson
We pay tribute to another fallen soldier today. Lance Cpl Curtis M. Swenson a former Mayo High School graduate of 2007 was laid to rest this weekend. Lance Cpl Curtis M. Swenson died on April 2 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, where the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device.
As I stood at the candlelight service for him on Thursday evening I was amazed by the number of Minnesota’s who had died in combat. On top of that we were read a list of 19 soldiers within a 50 mile radius who died in combat under the Enduring Freedom Operation.
Curtis gave his life for our country and the freedoms we so often take for granted. His wife, mother, father, and family lost a husband, son or relative & friend. One of his cousin share a story at the vigil, it reminds us of how much Curtis was just like you and me. She told of time when they were playing a trick on a younger relative and Curtis hide in the closet with a remote to the TV. They would turn on and off the turn with the remote in order to make this cousin believe they had super powers. When found in the closet, Curtis states he did not do anything still trying to convince this cousin they had super powers. We’ve all played tricks on each other at times and still do. It is no joke or trick that our soldiers are dying in our country and overseas to protect our freedom
Although we at Operation Hometown Gratitude did not have the opportunity to send him a care package, he did stop by Mayo High School and thank us for what we are doing for the soldiers who are serving our country. We can never thank Curtis and his family enough for his service, but will continue to send a bit of home to soldiers overseas. Operation Hometown Gratitude offers our sincere condolences to the Family of Lance Cpl Curtis M Swenson and all others who have died in service for our country. We will never forget you.