Caleb Medley was born Feb. 25, 1987 at La Junta Medical Center. Place of residency – Walsenburg. |
The family moved to Burlington in 1990. Caleb attended Burlington schools K-12, graduating in 2005. Caleb's parents - George and Diane Homm, his brothers – Nathan, Josiah, Collen Medley, sister – Melanie and husband Marshall Thomas.
Caleb enlisted in the Marines on his 18th birthday, and left for MCRD at San Diego/Camp Pendleton, Calif. the week following high school graduation.
Upon completion of Recruit training Private Medley attended his primary MOS school at School of Infantry, Infantry Training Battalion Camp Pendleton, Calif.
After completion of his MOS school Private First Class Medley executed orders to 1st Battalion 1st Marines Camp Pendleton, Calif. from November 2005 to December 2006 where he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After a successful tour with 1st Bn 1st Mar Lance Corporal Medley received orders to 1st Recon Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif. There Lance Corporal Medley participated in Recon Training Platoon as a Roper, and then attended Basic Reconnaissance Course in Coronado, Calif.
After completing the Basic Reconnaissance Course, Lance Corporal Medley reported back to 1st Recon Bn and was then promoted to Corporal and assigned to Delta Company fourth platoon and held the billet of slack man for team 3.
During this time Corporal Medley completed SERE level C and basic Airborne training.
In July of 2008 Corporal Medley was promoted to Sergeant and began preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan based on a 96 hour tether in support of 2nd Battalion 7th Marines.
After returning from Afghanistan in February 2009, Sergeant Medley had fulfilled his four year active duty obligation to the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in March 2009.
In October 2010 Sergeant Medley attended drill with 4th LAR in attempt to re-enlist as an active Marine. Sergeant Medley successfully re-enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 2012 and served as the special projects NCO for Colorado Springs Recruiting Station North.
In April 2012 Sergeant Medley executed orders to Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sergeant Medley was again assigned to fourth platoon.
Medley was currently serving as the Assistant Radio Operator for Team 2 and had successfully completed: Covert Entry, Combat Trauma refresher course, Marine Combatant Diver and Pathfinder.
Sgt Medley was posthumously promoted to SSGT on Feb. 26, 2013.
SSGT Medley earned major awards and decorations including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (second award), Navy and Unit Commendation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (second award), and the NATO ISAF Medal.
Contributions may be made to the Caleb Medley Memorial Fund at The Bank of the West, 502 14th Street, P.O. Box 419, Burlington CO 80807.
Published in The Burlington Record on Mar. 14, 2013