Families United, the organization trying to get the media to recognize Iraq Liberation Day as a big deal, has now begun to publish stories about our fallen soldiers. Their families are speaking about their support of the War On Terror – Iraqi Theatre even though they have lost a loved one.
Marine Lance Corporal Justin M. Ellsworth
Died 11/13/2004 in service to his country in the War on Terror
John and Debbie’s son Marine Lance Corporal Justin M. Ellsworth, fell on November 13, 2004 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. He joined the service September of 2003.
Until the death of his son in Iraq, John Ellsworth considered himself just a “little country boy” who worked as a police officer, went to church and just enjoyed spending time with his family. “I didn’t plan on becoming an activist,” Ellsworth, 41, of Wixom, said Tuesday.
That change came Nov. 13, when Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Mark Ellsworth, 20, of Mt. Pleasant was killed by a roadside bomb in Fallujah. His platoon did construction work, including building schools for Iraqi children. He received the Bronze Star with valor for helping save the lives of 11 of his fellow soldiers.
That’s why it bothered John Ellsworth when Cindy Sheehan, a founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an antiwar group, grabbed national headlines as a grieving mother against an unjust war.
Ellsworth and his family also grieve deeply, but they believe there is good being done in Iraq because Justin believed that.
“We wanted to make sure people knew she didn’t speak for us,” said Ellsworth, who is part of Families United For Our Troops and Their Mission. Detroit Free Press, 10/26/05
Thanks to the Ellsworths and all of our soldiers and their families making the sacrifices around the world so the Islamic terrorists stay away from our shores.