Ashes Over Yuma

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    You voted, and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnny Gunn. Gunn took this photo of Marine free fall instructors spreading the ashes of Sgt. Brett Jaffe over the Phillips Drop Zone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., in keeping with his final request. "This was a memorial ash release dive, by Marines, for a Marine, at the request of a Marine wife," Gunn said. "I ... was honored to be asked to do this. It gave me goose bumps taking it, and still does every time I see it!"

    Marine Corps Military Free Fall Instructors assigned to Marine Detachment — Fort Bragg, release the ashes of Sgt. Brett Jaffe (1971-2012), a Marine rigger, above Phillips Drop Zone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., on July 26, 2012. "It was an honor and privilege to take this Marine on his last jump and give him a proper hail and farewell," said Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett. Marines in photo (clockwise, starting with the flag): Gunnery Sgt. Brian Boger, Gunnery Sgt. Mike Latham, Gunnery Sgt. Jimmy Smith, Staff Sgt. Lennie Castro, Staff Sgt. Seth Wright, Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett.
    (Marine Corps photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnny Gunn and edited by Master Sgt. Jason Swarr, ret.)

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    1. moya sanchez 32 months ago | reply

      Una gran captura y todo un detalle por parte vuestra, por ese compañero. Saludos

    2. NCDMM News 32 months ago | reply

      Thank you! Great photo! Proud to support our Marines!

    3. Bhrngari 32 months ago | reply

      Semper Fi, Marine. Thank you for your service.

    4. jeffgilbert690 32 months ago | reply

      That's the true meaning of "Semper Fi"!!!

    5. Backfire One One 32 months ago | reply

      A fitting farewell for a good jumper; one last time to put his knees in the breeze. Semper fidelis, Sgt. Jaffe. May you pass in review before Almighty God.

    6. kittykat44240 32 months ago | reply

      This is the meaning behind the saying "a brotherhood like no other, unless you have been a Marine, you would not understand" and unfortunately many people who see this picture will not. Thank you for all you do, especially the care you give to those who have fallen for the rest of us.
      Semper Fi!

    7. headcall99 32 months ago | reply

      A truly honorable life well spent

    8. gglennland 32 months ago | reply

      semper fi may you guard the gates to heaven well as you report to saint peter for next duty assignment

    9. Franks Photos - Catching Up 32 months ago | reply

      Semper Brothers!

    10. p.herz 32 months ago | reply

      Good Bye,Brett

    11. Eric Loubry 32 months ago | reply

      Fly away with godspeed brother ..

    12. Rich.D 32 months ago | reply

      Semper Fi!

    13. AmeriKim Photography 32 months ago | reply

      Absolutely STUNNING! Semper Fi & Godspeed!

    14. BeautifulMaria 24 months ago | reply

      Beautiful work--tack sharp focus, great composition, primo light--and moving subject. RIP Sgt. Jaffe. Memory eternal!

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