Pembroke Pines man killed in Operation Enduring Freedom
A local Broward resident has been killed while fighting in the Marines during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Patrick Xavier Jr., 24, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., died May 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Xavier, 24, was a graduate of Miramar High School, and had only recently left for Afghanistan. In his last message to friends and family on his Facebook account, Xavier writes on Feb. 2 from Afghanistan.
“I just want to get the oppurtunity to tell everyone that I’m probably not going to be on here for a while because things are about to get hectic if you know what I mean and but I’m going to do the best I can and leave the rest in God’s hands,” writes Xavier. “To all of my family and frineds, I love you guys and I’m sorry Amani that I d…idn’t mention you last time. I love you too, babe! A lot more than you think!”
Xavier was a rifleman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, camp Lejeune, N.C. Xavier joined the Marine Corps in January 2009, and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on March 1, 2010.
He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2010.
His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
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I just wanted to tell the family that I am so sorry for your loss. Your son is definitely a hero to all Americans. God bless him and you, in Jesus’ name.