In Memory of Almar Fitzgerald
Corps Grad ’04
Marine 2nd Lt. Almar LaRon Fitzgerald was killed in action at the age of 23 while fighting the war on terror in Iraq. He died Feb. 21, 2006 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received three days earlier after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
A 2000 graduate of Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina, Fitzgerald entered The Citadel as a freshman in August 2000. He served on cadre and was a member of Mike Company. A criminal justice major, Fitzgerald received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps upon his graduation from The Citadel.
While a cadet he worked as a supervisor for The Citadel Foundation's Calling Center, which uses cadets to help recruit donors to the college.
"Almar was one of our most memorable supervisors," said Rachel Meuser, assistant director of annual giving. "He always dropped by to see us whenever he was in Charleston and we had been in contact with him while he was deployed. Almar is a very proud Marine officer and a fine example of a Citadel graduate."
According to news reports, Fitzgerald was among a group of Marines based out of California who were injured in a roadside attack last week. At least one other Marine was killed.
Fitzgerald had been in Iraq for about six months before the attack. He was scheduled to return home in March. He was featured in a Marine Corps documentary "Class 186 The Making of a Marine Officer. Maj. Ken Boes, 4th Battalion tactical officer, said Fitzgerald was very popular in Mike Company. This year's juniors were knobs during Fitzgerald's senior year and bonded with him.