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Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel

Died August 9, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Winfield, Mo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 9 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Burrow and Lance Cpl. Javier Olvera.

Was lean, wiry kid in high school

The Associated Press

Patrick W. Schimmel was a collector of knives and swords, a Boy Scout who had a thing for weapons, so it’s perhaps no surprise he joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and became a rifleman.

“The first time he shot a .50-caliber machine gun, he was ecstatic,” said his father, Wayne.

Patrick Schimmel, 21, of Winfield, Mo., died Aug. 9 from injuries suffered in combat operations in Helmand province.

His family said the 2006 Winfield High School graduate and cross country runner was a shy guy with a frame so lean and wiry that military recruiters had him bulk up by eating fast food so he’d meet weight standards. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., and also had been deployed to Iraq from October 2007 to May 2008.

His older brother, Matthew, said Schimmel drove combat vehicles and translated Arabic.

The person he became as a Marine was a contrast to his high school persona as a spike-haired kid who typically wore baggy, black jeans and T-shirts, his family said.

“Everyone says he was a man, a warrior, but I still picture him as my little boy,” said his mother, Mary Jean Schimmel.

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