Morgan W. Strader
July 18, 1981 - Nov. 12, 2004
Sgt. Morgan William Strader, 23, passed away Nov. 12, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Funeral services were conducted
Nov. 21 from the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home, with burial at Hebbertsburg Cemetery in Crab Orchard. The Rev. Pete Scarbrough
officiated. The Delta Company 4th Combat Engineer Battalion with Escort Major Jenny Parham provided the military honors of
presentation of the flag, the firing detail and "Taps" at the cemetery and also served as pallbearers.
Sgt. Strader was
born July 18, 1981 in Danville, IN, the son of Gary Strader and Linda Morgan.
Sgt. Strader was in the United States Marine
Corps, on active duty in Iraq. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his father and stepmother,
Gary and Janet Strader of Indianapolis, IN; mother and stepfather, Linda Morgan and Timothy Kelley of Dumfries, VA; brother,
Matthew Strader of West Palm Beach, FL; half-brother, Brian Strader of Indianapolis, IN; stepbrother, Christopher Agnew of
Indianapolis, IN; sisters, Amber Trowbridge and Rachel Strader of Indianapolis, IN and Jessica Strader and Lonnie of Dumfries,
VA; grandparents, Onza and Estella Morgan of Crab Orchard; and grandfather, William Strader of DuPont, IN.
He was preceded
in death by his grandmother, Wilma Thompson Strader.
Cadet Jonathan Annis Newspaper Report:
STRADER COMPANY- HONORING ITS OWN
County High School (CCHS) started a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) during the second semester of this year.
The JROTC program ar CCHS is currently a company size unit. Our company, The Strader Company, is named after the fallen marine,
Sergeant Morgan W. Strader. We chose to honor him by giving our company his name.
Sergeant Strader graduated CCHS as a
part of the class of 2000. He gave his life in defense of his country while fighting in Iraq. We aspire to keep our company
at a standard in which he would be proud.
Sergeant Morgan W. Strader, 23, of Indiana and
Crossville, TN, was killed in action while serving his country in the Fallujah offensive on Friday November 12, 2004, while
preforming an extreme act of bravery in order to protect his platoon and the convoy that his platoon was escorting. Sergeant
Strader joined the Marines in July 2000. He served in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd regiment of the Marine Corp. He was very proud
of his service in the Marines. Sergeant Strader would not allow a Crossville reporter to interview him, he didn't want the
atention. He was just proud to be doing his job. In a letter to Sergeant Strader's family after his death, his platoon commander
said this: "I am truly humbled to have shared the company of a man like Morgan."
was born July 18, 1981 in Hendricks county, Indiana. He moved to Germany with his mother and stepfather and enjoyed outdoor
activities such as soccer and the Rod and Gun Club. He attended Cumberland County High School, class of 2000. While a student
there, he was a very successful track runner and wrestly he spent summers with his grandparents in Tennessee- fishing, hunting,
and hiking the plateau. His parents, Linda Morgan, and Gary Strader, and grandparents, Lonnie and Estelle Morgean, still reside
in Hebbertsburg. They are very proud that he chose to defend his country.
a knife, made by his grandfather, that he carried everywhere he went. It was on his hip when he led his team in their final
charge. Those who are killed while serving in the Marines are never left alone. The have an escort at all times, and are given
great respect. There is a bond between all service people. His aunt, Jenny Parham, an Army Major was his escort. There were
memorial services held for him in Iraq, California, Indiana, and in Crossville, his burial place.
Among his decorations Sergeant Strader received the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and National Defense Service Medal
Notes on the
author: Cadet Jonathan Annis is an extremely active 10th grade JROTC Cadet attending Cumberland County High School and volunteered
to write this newspaper article. He is part of the Strader Comittee a committee formed to honor Sergeant Morgan W. Strader.
He is also part of numerous other comittees. He is in addition an active member of the Color Guard in the A Squad.