Cpl Joseph C Whitehead MCL, Detachment #1370

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2074 South McKenzie Street, #254, Foley, Alabama 36535-1751

Meeting Address: Gulf Bowl, 2881 South Juniper St., Foley, AL 36535 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 618-550-3376

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Jim Ribley, Commandant
  • Craig Paul, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • David Jennings, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Mark Briggs, Judge Advocate
  • Bob Duke, Paymaster
  • Bill Lamar, Adjutant
  • Loretta Reecer , Chaplain
  • Jason Fox, Sgt. at Arms
  • Brian Lucas , Jr. Past Commandant
  • Vacant, Marine4Life Liaison
  • Craig Paul, Web Sgt
  • Shelli Paul, Newsletter Editor
  • Vacant, Americanism/Historian
  • William Reecer, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • Vacant, VAVS Contact
  • Jim Ribley, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Cpl Joseph C Whitehead

JANUARY 12, 1989 – JANUARY 17, 2011
KIA OEF Afghanistan, Helmand Province

Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was born on 12 January 1989. He reported for recruit training with 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC, on 28 August 2007. After graduating from recruit training, Corporal Whitehead attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Marine Combat Engineer School aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing his initial training, Corporal Whitehead reported for duty with 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Marine Division, on 1 July 2008. During his time with the battalion Corporal Whitehead deployed in May 2009 and January 2010 with Bravo Company in support of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. During his 2010 deployment he took part in Haiti relief operations. After his time in Bravo Company, Corporal Whitehead was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company where he immediately began training for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. On 8 December 2010, Corporal Whitehead and the Marines from 2nd Platoon deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. On 17 January 2011, Corporal Whitehead discovered an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol in the city of Marjah; the device exploded and took his life. Corporal Whitehead was a true leader, a coach, mentor, and a positive role model for younger Marines. He taught his Marines to be at the point of friction, telling them that “someone has to man it.” Corporal Whitehead’s Marines knew that no matter what situation they were in, together they would find their way out. Corporal Whitehead took great pride in being a Marine and impressed everyone that knew him with his desire to serve his country and protect his family; it was our privilege to serve with him. Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was a true American, an excellent Marine, and though he is gone, he will never be forgotten.