Daniel Bubb, a 19-year-old Marine from Augusta County, VA, was killed in Iraq on October 17, 2005, protecting our freedoms and protecting us from terrorism. Here, on the anniversary of his death, is a letter from his family remembering a brave young man from the Shenandoah Valley.
In honor and memory of Lance Cpl. Daniel Bubb, 19, United States Marine Corps
On Oct. 17, 2005 - the eve before his 20th birthday - Daniel Bubb was killed in Iraq. Devastating grief prevented us from making a statement till now. Still it’s almost too heart rending.
Daniel was determined to be a Marine, wearing a Marine shirt under his graduation gown, saluting farewell, leaving school, bound for boot camp and his destiny.
He made L.Cpl., first tour in Iraq and was awarded a Navy-Marine Achievement Medal. Second tour, he was awarded a Purple Heart, both medals for heroism, saving lives of other Marines. They tell of his positive attitude, courage and bravery, and beaming smile. He was highly regarded by all.
Daniel’s gunny sergeant paid him utmost respect by enclosing his uniform, medals and weapons, in a full-length shadow box, unique and precious, we’d like you to see it.
Daniel comes to us in comforting dreams, one especially: He appeared in the sky above Fort Defiance School, his arms outstretched, encircling it protectively.
Daniel called one Sunday morning, from a church in California, praising the Lord, saying, “How wonderful God’s love is.” He was born again that day and he shared it with us - wow.
Daniel asked and we sent goodies to give to the Iraqi children.
They accepted them, returning his beaming smile, saying, “Love America.”
Let’s never forget Daniel’s ultimate sacrifice, though he loved life and lived it to the fullest, he died defending freedom, theirs and ours.
Let’s do our part to - “keep liberty alive” - let’s fly our flags and sing our songs, remembering and honoring Daniel, and all of our brave defenders. Thanks to all who rally ’round us, especially his beloved hometown, Grottoes.
God bless America.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - In honor and memory of L.Cpl. Daniel S. Bubb.
L.Cpl. Daniel Bubb’s family