USS Makin Island Crew Honors Fallen Pendleton Navy Corpsman


Lance Cpl. Kyle Draper kneels before a pair of boots and a rifle at a Feb. 17 memorial service aboard USS Makin Island honoring corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada

Members of the Marine Corps and the Navy came together on the San Diego-based USS Makin Island to honor Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada, 21, a Camp Pendleton-based Navy hospital corpsman who was killed February 14th.

Estrada, called "Doc" by those who knew him, died during a training incident in the African country of Djibouti. He was assigned to India Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/1, part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

According to the 11th MEU Public Affairs Office, more than 700 Sailors and Marines took part in the special memorial service held February 17th on board the Makin Island.

India Company, BLT 3/1 commanding officer Capt. Matthew McGirr told those gathered for the service:

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