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051020-M-2607O-004 - Lieutenant Col. James J. Minick talk to the attendees of the Company G memorial service on Oct. 20 about the fallen Marines and the excellent job they did for the people of Iraq and how much they will be missed.

Photo by Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

2/2 says goodbye to fellow Marine Boston native

20 Oct 2005 | Pfc. Chistopher J. Ohmen 2nd Marine Division

He had many good qualities that he shared with his fellow Marines, one of the most important was his selflessness. Second Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, said goodbye to four excellent Marines who were lost in the line of duty, Oct. 6. One of them, Pfc. Shayne M. Cabino, a 19-year-old, Boston native, always looked out for everyone around him; and now he will be looking out for all the Marines in the battalion from above. Upon learning of Cabino’s passing, the Marines of Company G were left speechless. Despite the tragic loss of a good Marine, all that knew him agreed that he moved on to a better place. The Marines from the company gathered in the battalion Motor Transportation building, along with friends and guests from other units aboard Camp Fallujah. At one end of the building, emblems were placed in memory of Cabino. As the “Marines’ Hymn” played, an M16-A4 service rifle with bayonet was inserted by one Marine into a small pile of sand bags. A second Marine placed a Kevlar helmet on the butt stock of the down-turned rifle and hung a set of dog tags from the pistol grip. The last emblem to be put in place was a pair of boots at the base of the sandbags. Following the invocation by Navy Lt. Teddy L. Williams, battalion chaplain, Lt. Col. James J. Minick, the battalion commanding officer, continued with comments about Cabino. “We honor these men who answered their country’s call and selflessly gave their lives so others may live in peace,” said Minick. “Edmund Burke said it best: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” “These men were the best America, the Marine Corps and the Raiders of Company G had to offer,” continued Capt. Joel F. Schmidt, Cabino’s company commander. “To each of us they are going to mean something different. To some of us, we will refer to them as my best friend, some as my squad leader, my team leader or my Marine. But no matter how we remember them, they will always be part of us and never be forgotten.” As the words of Schmidt sank into the Marines’ heads, Pfc. Terry L. Brown, friend and fellow Raider, stepped up to the podium to say goodbye to his comrade in arms. “He always put everyone else in front of himself all of the time,” Brown stated. “Everybody that had the privilege of knowing or meeting him in some way … their lives were affected in a good way.” Following the kind words of Brown, Company G First Sergeant Craig T. Yohe called role with three Marines answering ‘present!’ Then he called Cabino’s name with no answer. “Pfc. Cabino … Pfc. Shayne Cabino … Pfc. Shayne M. Cabino!” Following a short pause, Schmidt gave the command “present arms” to the company. The rest of the Marines in attendance saluted as “Taps” was played to honor their fallen comrades. “Dismissed,” commanded Schmidt. The Marines quickly formed a line to say a personal farewell to Cabino before the emblems at his memorial. Many of the Marines snapped a salute and touched his Kevlar to show their respect. “They were my Marines, they were sons and brothers of loving families, patriots to our country and warriors amongst a band of brothers,” Schmidt stated. “But most of all, they were heroes.”