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Christopher Michael Zimmerman Christopher Michael Zimmerman, SSgt, USMC, 28 years of age, of Austin, Texas was killed on September 20, 2006 while on patrol in Zaidon, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. SSgt. Zimmerman was based in Fallujah, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. SSgt. Zimmerman began his career in the Marines assigned to HMLA-267 then subsequently assigned to HMT-303-MAG-39 3rd Marine Air Wing attached to 13 MEU, at Camp Pendleton, California. After five years at Camp Pendleton, SSgt. Zimmerman received an honorable discharge and almost immediately joined a Marine Air Wing Reserve Unit based in Marietta, Georgia with the intention of pursuing a college degree. Civilian life, however, left Chris feeling an emptiness of purpose. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 cemented within Chris the definite resolve to rejoin the active-duty Marines. Chris' first assignment after re-enlisting was with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines Weapons Company out of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. After he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was even more determined to make a difference for all of America by taking a stand against the forces resisting the efforts of a democracy in Iraq. In Chris' words, the most effective way for him to do that was to be "the best of the best", so Chris went on to train and qualify as part of the Marine Special Forces. As a "Recon Brother" of the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion based at Camp LeJeune, Chris was able to accomplish that goal. Christopher's greatest love was his family. He dearly loved and always protected his sisters and brother. He was a loving son and the greatest source of pride to his parents. He was loved so much in return by his mother, Faith Zimmerman of Austin, Texas, and by his father, Michael W. Zimmerman of Stephenville, Texas, and his sister Sarah and her husband Joe Cannons of Hutto, Texas; his sisters Cheyenne and Kasey Parrish of Austin, Texas; brother Joshua Parrish of Stephenville, Texas; and his stepfather Lance Parrish of Austin, Texas. Chris was also loved by his aunt Nadyne Newsom and her husband Vernon of Mansfield, Texas; as well as by his aunt Sue Sanders of Camp Wood, Texas, and Uncle Skip Hamrick of Austin, Texas. Cousins include Brent Newsom and Brian Newsom of Mansfield, Texas; Anyce Lebuillier of San Marcos, Texas; Brandon Hamrick and Braeton Hamrick of Austin, Texas; Duke Hohman and husband Shane of Leakey, Texas; Melody Salazar and husband John, and Susie Luce and husband Jeff of Camp Wood, Texas; and by C.W. Odom of Sabinal, Texas. Chris also had a special bond with his great "Aunt Wese" Louise Overby of Stephenville, Texas. He was met in heaven by his grandparents Elverdge "Snooks" and Lorene Zimmerman of Stephenville, Texas; and Charles and Ruby Hamrick of Uvalde, Texas. Chris was a 1996 graduate of McNeil High School in Austin, Texas. He had a way of making and keeping friends. He will always be remembered by the friends he made in his youth that have remained so to this day: Tomas Natal, Nick Hooge (Sgt. USMC), Erik Wurl, Collins Aki, Mike Dunlap, and Jason Poland. A memorial fund has been created in Chris's honor to bring joy into the lives of boys and girls in Williamson County. Donations in his name will be accepted at the Texas DPS Credit Union at 621 W. St John's Ave., Austin, Texas 78752. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 27th from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Beck Funeral Home, the Round Rock location. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 28th, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond. Burial will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home Round Rock Location 512-244-3772.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 27, 2006
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