BENEFITING: SENTINELS OF FREEDOM SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: May 26, 2013
GySgt Barger was a true friend and patriot. He was training for this race when he unexpectedly died of a heart attack on 5 December 2012 at the young age of 38. He will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing this great Marine, Husband, Father, Son and Friend. I never got a chance to compete in an event with him like he would have liked so I, along with some other mutal friends, will run this one for him since he cannot. Semper Fi Gunny!!
In memory of GySgt Jonathan Sterling Barger, USMC
Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Sterling Barger, 38, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. GySgt Barger was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Dec. 9, 1973, to Shannon Elizabeth (Barnes) and Connie Beecher. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, road trips and triathlons. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Dec. 27, 1994, and served in various different units as an Airframes Mechanic and Aerial Gunner on CH-53 Helicopters. GySgt Barger served in numerous operations and exercises, including Operation IraqiFreedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Desert Thunder and Southern Watch. His military decorations include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.
GySgt Barger is survived by his wife, Leanne Barger of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Jacob Delaney of Orange County, Calif., and Tristan Barger and Garrett Barger, both of Pensacola, Fla.; mother, Shannon Barger and father, Connie Barger, both of Placerville, Calif.