Father Of Fallen Marine Says Son Felt The Need To Stay In Corps

The father of a Wilson County Marine who lost his life in Afghanistan knew the dangers of what he did, but wanted to continue.

Staff Sergeant Leon Lucas Junior was killed in combat in the Helmand Province on Monday, August 1.

Lucas' father Leon Sr. says, "With him being a born again Christian, he said that he really did not feel that he would be in God's will if he got out, and so he just felt like he needed to stay in. He realized the possibility of him maybe dying in battle, but he was willing to endure that."

Lucas leaves behind a wife and two sons. He and his wife were expecting their third child in December.


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  • by Marine Vet Location: Rochester, NY on Aug 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    "And when he gets to heaven, St. Peter he will tell, 'Another Marine reporting, sir, I've served my time in hell!'" Semper Fidelis brother! RIP!
  • by marine on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Semper Fi and God Bless Your Soul
  • by martin county2 on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    R.I.P,may God be with the family!!!
  • by Former Marine Location: Wayne County on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Semper Fi Brother
  • by Dale Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    GOD bless you son and may GOD be with your family. May you Rest In Peace.
  • by MARTIN COUNTY Location: NORTH CAROLINA on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERIVE. R.I.P
  • by Thank you!! on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    Those (2) words will never be enough for all that our soldiers do to keep us safe. May God continue to bless and keep the families in His perfect peace.
  • by Greenville on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    God be wth you all!
  • by barbara Location: beulaville nc on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    my heart goes out to this family. thanks to their son for protecting and serving. u have something to be proud of.
  • by Thanks Location: ENC on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    On behalf of all non military, I extend my gratitude to this fallen soldier. Thank you for serving to protect us. My condolences to the family.
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