Marine recounts Battle of Ramadi

Marine recounts Battle of Ramadi

Why do Marines and Soldiers do what they do? Why did the Texas Sentinels Foundation select Marine SSGT Charles Lauersdorf for a TSF home following his combat injuries and being awarded a Purple Heart?

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From Charles Lauersdorf:

On this day, 15 years ago, the Magnificent Bastards of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment would set off at zero dark thirty on Operation Bug Hunt. The mission was to avenge the death of many of our guys just a few days prior, which was the bloodiest day of the war in Iraq. Avenge deaths we did. Though we would lose more warriors this day, the insurgents would take much heavier losses – in the hundreds. 18 year olds fresh out of high school running across open for under heavy enemy fire, just to make it to those ambushed and in need of support. Warriors that defied odds and ran to the sound of chaos, not from it. Brave souls that gave their life not just for their country, but more importantly, for the man beside them.

Today is a day I and many others should not have survived. Pinned down and nearly out of ammo, in a raw sewage canal, praying we could kill just one more. Thinking today was the day we’d meet our maker, but not before killing as many more insurgenta as possible. But God had other plans for us. We lived so that we could tell their story. So that we could live life for them, in honor of them. God needed them to stand guard duty on the streets of heaven and I have no doubt they’re doing a marvelous job.

So tonight as I snuggle my babies, I think of those brave souls and the sacrifice they made for me to be here. So to their moms and dads, wives and family, I say thank you. Thank you for raising warriors.

Semper Fidelis.

Fort Worth Marine to receive TSF home in 2019

Fort Worth Marine to receive TSF home in 2019

The Texas Sentinels Foundation is proud to announce Marine SSGT Charles Lauersdorf, Purple Heart recipient and father of 4, will receive a 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, fully furnished home in the greater Fort Worth area in 2019. Charles joined the USMC in 2001 and completed 7 combat deployments. SSGT Lauersdorf was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during the battle of Ramadi, Iraq.

“Charles is a very deserving home recipient.  He has been a great supporter of Texas Sentinels and has served his country beyond the call of duty.  We are honored to provide a home for this exceptional Marine and his beautiful family!” Clarified Jeanne Filip, Co-Founder of the Texas Sentinels Foundation.

Jason Stier, Benchmark Mortgage, has stepped up to serve as the TSF Home Team Leader. Jason and his wife Kirsten Stier, RE/MAX of Texas Senior Business Development Consultant, bring their own unique brand of appreciation and insight into veteran’s issues and the mentorship requirements to help combat wounded veterans rebuild their lives.

“Words could not possibly begin to express how honored I am. This is truly life changing for my kids and me and I am beyond grateful. I will do my best to pay it forward and be the best Ambassador for Texas Sentinels Foundation. It’s been an honor to be a champion for such a great cause over the last few years and am thrilled to be officially part of the TSF family.  To Richard and Jeanne Filip and the TSF Board of Directors, thank you so much for what you  do for our veterans. You are truly a first class charitable organization with a heart of gold.” declared Charles upon hearing the news of his selection during a TSF luncheon on Thursday afternoon.