Jesse Wade Stites

Jesse Wade Stites

Birth
Death 19 Jan 2012 (aged 23)
Helmand, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 10488
Memorial ID 119361340 · View Source
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Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23, of Florida died January 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned toMarine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was part of the Lucky Red Lions helicopter squadron HMH-363.

The unit deployed last August to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and is set to return home in March. The unit's mission is to provide assault support, transport Marines and critical supplies, as well as equipment during expeditionary operations.

Jesse was born to John and Carol Stites. He grew up and attended school in Interlachen, Florida graduating high school in 2006. After graduation Jesse enlisted in the United States Marines Corps on January 14, 2008.

On October 11, 2008 Jesse was united in marriage to Kristin Schwalenberg. The couple has proudly continued to serve their country.

Jesse was serving his 2nd deployment to Afghanistan, and was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was a CH-53D crew chief who had been with the "Red Lions" since March of 2009. Jesse has earned many awards while serving; three Air Medals, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Service Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, Expert Pistol, and Expert Rifle. He was part of the Lucky Red Lions helicopter squadron HMH-363. Jesse's unit was set to return home in March of 2012. Their mission is to provide assault support, transport Marines and critical supplies, as well as equipment during expeditionary operations.

When Jesse had free time he enjoyed going to the beach, working out, and playing Call of Duty on xbox. His ambitions and dreams were to take a three month vacation with his wife to Europe, move to Fullerton, California, and begin a family while owning a pub and finishing his bachelor's degree.

Survivors include his wife, Kristin; mother, Carol "Ski" Stites; siblings, Angel Borgers, Donna Naterelli, and Shaun Tullar; and grandmother, Carol Lamere. He was preceded in death by his father, John Stites; and grandparents. Published in the 'Des Moines Register' on February 5, 2012.

Bio by: Elizabeth Reed


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Gravesite Details Interred October 24, 2013

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  • Created by: Paul Hays
  • Added: 27 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 119361340
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Wade Stites (8 Mar 1988–19 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 119361340, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Paul Hays (contributor 47393402) .