|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1985|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 2012|
Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), died Sept. 15, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. DoD states he died on the 15th, however his obituary states he died on the 14th. This is not uncommon when someone dies overseas.
Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, USMC, 27, Yuma, AZ., was killed in action on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on February 20, 1985, the son of Victor Atwell and Cheryl (Turnpaugh) Atwell. He married Danielle Cross at NAS Pensacola, Florida on November 5, 2011, and she survives.
Brad graduated from Taylor High School in 2003. He then went on to attend various colleges, most recently, while in Afghanistan, attending Thomas Edison State College, where he was only a few credits shy of his associates degree. While there, he was also logging hours so that he would be able to obtain his journeyman's license. After a short stay in the Air Force he joined the United States Marine Corps where he worked as an aviation electrician and currently held the rank of a sergeant.
Brad was a member of the Freemasons Lodge of Russiaville, Indiana. He had a passion for firearms and enjoyed off-roading in his truck. He was also a brown belt in MCMAP and enjoyed playing and watching baseball. He was a very loving husband, son, and brother, but most importantly an extremely courageous Marine.
Sgt. Brad Atwell is survived by his wife of Yuma, Arizona; mother, father and step-mother; mother and father-in-law; brother; two sisters; and grandmother, all of Kokomo, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty (Atwell) Harmon; and grandfathers, Herb Atwell, Wayne Harmon, and Conrad Turnpaugh.
Funeral services celebrating and honoring the life of the fallen hero will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Chapel Hill Christian Church, 2600 Alto Rd. with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery with full military honors provided by the USMC. Friends are invited to call from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org). Please make all contributions "in memory of" SGT Bradley Atwell, with acknowledgments sent to Danielle Atwell PO BOX 99113, Bldg 852 MCAS Yuma, AZ 85369. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Obituary provided by Shirley and Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Plot: Section 5 Row 17
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Sep 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97230160