Fallen Marines remembered in annual golf outing

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It was ten years ago that three local Marines were killed by a roadside bombing in Baghdad. (WPVI)

It was ten years ago that several local Marines were killed by a roadside bombing in Baghdad.

On Sunday, they were being remembered with the 6th annual Fallen Marines of Bridge Company Bravo Golf Outing.

The Marines of Folsom and Folsom VFW Post 928 hosted the event.

The ten year anniversary commemorates the fallen Marines of Bridge Company Bravo.

Carol Todd's son was one of them.

"They were the last people to see my son alive. We didn't see him for six months, they are as much our friends and our family as anybody else," she said.

The Todd Family came out to the golf outing for the first time this year.

The purpose of the outing is important for them, it raised money for military families.

"The guys come home, they are hurt, they are wounded - physical wounds, mental wounds and they need our help as much as possible," said Todd.

The three reservists killed and honored Sunday are Sgt. Alan Sherman of Ocean Township, Cpl. John Todd of Montgomery County, and Lance Cpl. Patrick Adle of Maryland.

On June 29, 2004, an IED planted in a watermelon stand along a Baghdad road killed the three marines and injured two more.

Matthew Crawford, one of the organizers, is a survivor of the explosion.

He looks for veterans who need help with everything from hospital bills to home renovations due to war injuries.

"Last year, we donated to a house down in the Villas that caught fire. A few years ago we donated to a soldier, Rusty Carter, who was paralyzed in a Humvee accident," said Crawford.

"Veterans today have to go through a ton of red tape to get the help and assistance they need. We kind of help them to get through that," said Johnny Walker, organizer.

Organizers put a memorial on the first green.

They also say with around 200 golfers this year, they are expecting to exceed the $25,000 raised at last year's event.

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