This 19 year-old Marine died from combat in Afghanistan six years ago today, but he left us with this


Lance Corporal Terry E. Honeycutt Jr., 19, of Waldorf, Maryland was wounded during an IED blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan on October 21, 2010.

Honeycutt was medically evacuated to a hospital in Germany on October 24 but succumbed to his injuries, dying on October 27.

As a young man he always knew he wanted to serve in the military and served in his high school’s ROTC program all four years.

The day before his 18th birthday he walked of the stage with his graduating class and headed off to fulfill a dream he’d had since middle school -going to boot camp to serve, according to the Washington Post.

His relatives remember him as musically gifted, so talented he taught himself to play the guitar and drums. The memory of what could have been a life of pursuing his musical passion still lives on through the remnants of his talent -a few videos that made it on the internet.

His friend wrote, “tonight I’m drinking for a friend of mine who 6 years ago today succumbed to his wounds sustained on 10.21.2010. Here he is singing and playing the guitar. I miss him so much. RIP LCpl. Terry Honeycutt,” in a Reddit post in his memory.

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Lance Corporal Terry E. Honeycutt Jr

“We asked him why he wanted to be in the military one time, and he said, ‘I want to make a difference in the world,’ ” his mother, Christine Honeycutt, said in 2010. They supported his decision to join the Marines but worried about his choice to sign up for the infantry. “Every one of us tried at some point to talk him out of it.”

Christine Honeycutt, center, and Terry Honeycutt, left, wait for the casket to come out of the hearse during a burial service for their son, Lance Corporal Terry E. Honeycutt, at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, November 15, 2010.
Christine Honeycutt, center, and Terry Honeycutt, left, wait for the casket to come out of the hearse during the burial
service for their son, Lance Corporal Terry E. Honeycutt, at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, November 15, 2010.

“He always found honor in it,” said Christine’s husband, a Marine veteran, Michael Clarke. “Although he died, it makes you proud. You have these other 19-year-olds overdosing, killing themselves, dying in car crashes. You don’t find honor in those deaths.”

“Terry died doing what he wanted to be doing, and I don’t think he was afraid to die,” his mother said. “He knew possible traumatic injuries and possible death could be coming his way, but he took it all in stride. That was his job. That’s what he wanted to do.”

Honeycutt was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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