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Eric D. Terhune

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CAPTAIN ERIC D. TERHUNE, United States Marine Corps, of Lexington, Kentucky, was killed in action on 19 June 2008. Captain Terhune, age 34,was serving with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine flagRegiment, 1st Marine Division, deployed in the Farah Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Terhune had previously completed two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably for more than 10 years of Active Duty service to Country and Corps. Reared in Lexington, Kentucky, Captain Terhune graduated from Wheaton Academy, Wheaton, Illinois, after which he served four years in the Marine Corps as a noncommissioned officer. He traveled to the far East, South America, and Europe in his capacity as a reconnaissance sharpshooter. After being honorably discharged, he used his GI Bill benefits and graduated with honors from Morehead State University, where he competed on the varsity rifle team. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, earned his wings as a Naval Aviator, flying the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. More recently he was assigned as a Forward Air Controller and was serving in that capacity when he was mortally wounded. His citations include three air medals while serving in Iraq as well as numerous additional combat related awards, including the Purple Heart. Captain Terhune was known for his devotion to his Lord Jesus Christ, his family, and his country. He is survived by his grandparents, Daniel and Joy Terhune of Lexington, Kentucky; Father, Paul (Carleen) Terhune of Houston, Texas; Uncle, David (Dotti) Terhune of St. Joseph, Michigan; and cousins, Summer (Oliver) and Heidi Anne Jeromin of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kendall (Richard) and Jaxon Walter and Penelope Jane Colquitt of Norfolk, Virginia; David Terhune Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; and Rebecca Terhune of St. Joseph, Michigan. Captain Terhune attended Anchor Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky. A celebration of life will be conducted at 10:30 am Saturday, June 29, 2008 at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be 5-9 pm Friday, June 27, 2008 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. Memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Nathaniel, P.O. Box 129, Emmlena, KY 41740, Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 1401 Rockville Rd., Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20852, or Anchor Baptist Church, 3601 Winthrop Dr., Lex., KY 40514.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 25, 2008
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