Eric A. McIntosh – Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
April 5, 2006
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines, who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Lance Corporal Jacob W. Beisel, 21, of Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania
  • Lance Corporal Kun Y. Kim, 20, of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Staff Sergeant Eric A. McIntosh, 29, of Trafford, Pennsylvania
  • Corporal Scott J. Procopio, 20, of Saugus, Massachusetts

Beisel died March 31, 2005, from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Kim, McIntosh and Procopio died April 2, 2005, while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  All Marines were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Marine From Indianapolis Killed In Iraq
April 6, 2006

A 29-year-old Marine who grew up in Indianapolis died when he and other troops came under attack during combat operations in Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Eric McIntosh was among three Marines killed in the attack on Sunday in Anbar province west of Baghdad. McIntosh's death came a month after he had started his second tour of duty in Iraq.

His brother says McIntosh had been in the Marines for ten years and planned to continue his military career.

McIntosh attended Roncalli High School in Indianapolis until his family moved to Pennsylvania after his junior year.

His wife, Cynthia, lives in North Carolina, where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune. He is to be buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

April 6, 2006:
Courtesy of the Indianapolis Star

 A former Roncalli High School student who found purpose and passion as a U.S. Marine was killed this week in Iraq, a month after beginning his second tour in the war.

Staff Sergeant Eric A. McIntosh, 29, was killed on April 2, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq

Staff Sergeant Eric A. McIntosh, 29, an Indianapolis native, was among three Marines killed in Anbar province Sunday. According to a Department of Defense news release, all three were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. They were conducting “combat operations,” according to the military.

At least 62 members of the armed forces with ties to Indiana have been killed in Iraq, and at least 11 more in Afghanistan.

McIntosh had been in the Marines for 10 years and planned to continue his military career. He finished his first tour in Iraq in September and returned March 6, three days before his 29th birthday. After completing the second tour, his brother Richard McIntosh said, Eric expected to spend about three years as a recruiter.

His mother, Betty McIntosh, said her son battled asthma as a child. But he became an enthusiastic surfer. Only last year he informed her he had bought a skateboard and planned to roll on it while walking his dogs.

“The last time I hugged him, it was just like hugging a rock,” his mother said in a telephone interview from Florida, where she was staying with her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Scott Schoenly. “He didn't have an ounce of fat on him.”

His commitment to the Marines grew after he became one, his mother recalled. After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania — he had attended Roncalli through his junior year — McIntosh wasn't sure what to do in life, his mother said.

He called the Army, which Richard McIntosh had joined; and he talked to Navy recruiters by phone, she recalled. Next, he called the Marines, and when he told them he didn't have a car to get down to the recruiting station, they told him they'd come to collect him.

“That's why the Marines got him — because they came to get him,” she said.

Richard McIntosh, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., and attended Lawrence North High School from 1981 to 1983 before graduating in Florida, said his younger brother had grown into a model Marine.

“He loved the Marines. He loved his job,” said Richard McIntosh, who served in the Gulf War from 1990 to 1991. “He was a way better soldier than I was.”

Eric McIntosh's wife, Cynthia, lives in North Carolina. The couple married on September 10, 2001 — the day before the terrorist attacks that ultimately led to U.S. troops being deployed to Afghanistan.

“I told him, ‘At least you'll never forget your anniversary,' ” his mother recalled.

Eric McIntosh will be buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

Marine Wanted to Make Military a Career
By Carol morello
Courtsy of the Washington Post
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Marine who was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb was buried at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, just five weeks after he returned to the war zone.

Staff Sergeant Eric A. McIntosh of Trafford, Pennsylvania, was the 226th enlisted member of the military killed in the Iraq war to be buried at Arlington. He turned 29 last month.

The casket containing the remains of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Eric McIntosh is carried to his gravesite by military honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery
Cynthia McIntosh, left, widow of Staff Sgt. Eric A. McIntosh, attends his burial at Arlington National Cemetery with other family members.
Marine Staff Sgt. Eric McIntosh's mother Betty receives a folded U.S. flag during her son's burial service at Airlington National Cemetery, April 11, 2006.

He was interred beside a cherry tree blooming with pink flowers, with all the haunting ceremony with which the military honors its fallen: three volleys fired by seven riflemen, a bugler playing taps and the folding of the American flag that draped his coffin, which was then handed to his widow. Navy Lieutenant Robert Bradshaw, chaplain of the 2nd Marine Division in which McIntosh served, officiated.

A breeze carried the sound of birds chirping, and planes roared overhead on approach to Reagan National Airport on a path that takes them past the Pentagon.

Dozens of Marines, in dress white pants and blue jackets, attended the graveside service. So did about 20 members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcyclists who attend funerals of military men and women as a show of respect, when invited by family members.

McIntosh would have marked his 10th anniversary as a Marine in September. He was an infantry unit leader assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division as part of a Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Defense Department said McIntosh was killed April 2, 2006, in Anbar province, an area west of Baghdad that is rife with insurgents. A high number of U.S. troops have been killed around Anbar, as have many Iraqi civilians. But U.S. casualties in Iraq have lessened in recent weeks, and the day McIntosh died marked the highest death toll for U.S. troops in three months, with at least 10 Marines dead.

McIntosh was one of three Marines riding in the last Humvee in a convoy near the town of Ramadi when an improvised bomb exploded next to the vehicle, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. Lance Corporal. Kun Y. Kim, 20, of Atlanta and Corporal Scott J. Procopio, also 20, of Saugus, Massachusetts, were killed in the same attack.

McIntosh intended to make a career of the Marines, perhaps becoming a recruiter once he returned from his second tour or attending officer's training school, his relatives have told reporters.

He spent most of his youth in Indiana and moved to Pennsylvania when he was in high school, according to the Indianapolis Star. He joined the Marines shortly after graduation, his older brother, Richard, told the paper. He married his wife, Cynthia, on September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon that would lead to his deployment.




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