Corporal Brad Squires
February 21, 1979 – June 9, 2005
Cpl Brad Squires was born in Parma Heights, Ohio on February 21, 1979.
He began life in Strongsville and grew up in Middleburg Hts., Ohio. He
was fun loving, always looking for a way to keep smiles on everyone’s
face and always looking for an adventure. Anyone that met Brad had their
day brightened and their life was enriched because they were guaranteed
He graduated in 1997 from Berea High School and accomplished many goals in
his life. He joined the Marines in 1999 and spent his 21st birthday on Parris
Island in Marine Boot Camp. He served as an active reservist out of Weapons
Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Akron, Ohio.
In 2004 Brad aspired to become a fire fighter. He began taking classes at Lorain
County Community College. In November, 2004 he married Julie (Brandyberry)
Squires. He was delployed to 29 Palms, CA in January, 2005 where he went through
extensive training. In February, 2005 he was sent to Al Anbar Providence in
Iraq with his Infantry Marine division, where he served four months with his
battalion. Throughout the many farewell events and the going away parties,
Brad always seemed to hold up strong and kept that smile on his face, he showed
the world how proud he was of himself. Brad excelled in being a Marine in everyway
possible and had received the following awards: Purple Heart, Expert Marksmanship
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal,
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global Award on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign
Medal, Navy Achievement Award, Certificate of Commendation and the Certificate
of Excellent Performance.
Brad was killed in action June 9, 2005 when their vehicle hit an explosive
device while conducting operations near Haqlaniyah, Iraq. Brad gave the Ultimate
Sacrifice, his life for Our Country and Our Freedom. Brad lived life, loved
life and regretted nothing. Brad’s priorities in life were his love for
his family, his love of our country, his commitment to the Marine Corp. and
his mission at hand. Brad is the beloved husband of Julie loving son of Donna
Squires and Bruce Squires, brother of Chad (Sharon) Squires, Jodie (Mike) Bogdan,
uncle of Chad and Cassidy Squires, Alexis Bogdan, nephew, cousin, friend to
many and an American Hero to all.