1ST LIEUTENANT ALMAR L. FITZGERALD
United States Marine Corps
September 21, 1982 - February 21, 2006
Almar L. Fitzgerald was raised in Lexington, South Carolina and attended Lexington, High School, graduating with the Class of 2000. While in high school, Almar was a member of the varsity "Wildcats" football team as cornerback and received the Rhino award for being the toughest player of the season. Though small in stature, standing only 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 148 pounds, he never let that stop him from doing what he loved. Almar also participated in track, wrestling, the "Golden Blues" dance, singing, and chorus groups. He is in "Who's Who Among America's High School Students."
As a polite, respectable, honest, and loyal individual, Almar was the epitome of great character and leadership. Following high school, Almar attended the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Following his Graduation in May of 2004, Almar entered the United States Marine Corps as a Commissioned Officer and was trained at Quantico, Virginia. After completing his Officer Training, he was given the job of Infantry Platoon Commander and was assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-nine Palms, California.
On September 5, 2005, Almar's unit was assigned to Iraq and attached to 2nd Marine Division llMEF Forward. While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Almar was wounded on February 18, 2006 and later died on February 21, 2006 at Landstuhl Army Hospital, Landstuhl, Germany. Almar's family and friends will always remember him for his engaging smile, infectious laughter, and that he was a hard worker, fun loving, go-getter who always did it his way.