Yuma Marine's Wife says She wants to Keep His Memory Alive
Yuma, AZ - The wife of a fallen Yuma marine speaks up after losing her husband to a Taliban attack in Afghanistan on September 14th. She says "He was a brave man, he was an honest man."
Those are just some of the words Danielle Atwell used to describe Sgt. Bradley Atwell the man she married just under a year ago. She says Sgt. Atwell was the best man she knew and that she couldn't have asked for a better husband and friend. She says "I think most people that know him would agree that they don't get much better than Brad not as a person not as a marine."
Danielle says she met Bradley back home in Kokomo Indiana in April of 2011 and they married five months later. The 27-year-old Sgt. was an aircraft electrical instrument and flight control systems technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 for Marine Attack Squadron 211 based at Marine Core Air Station Yuma.
Just four days ago fellow marine's friends and family honored Atwell with a memorial service at the MCAS base chapel. Danielle tells News 13 the family is holding up. She says, "On my end were trying to celebrate his life instead of mourning and I think we are going to try and bring that to his family when we get to Indiana."
Danielle says the support system with the military has been incredible and she now understands why her husband loved the marines so much. She says "He was a wonderful marine and I wouldn't change this for anything. Even if I could go back before I met him knowing this was going to happen. He was that good of a man that I would go through this again just to have the 10 months I had with him."
Danielle says there are no words to describe how proud she is of her husband and although they have no children she wants to keep his memory alive. She says, "It's not the lives he affected when he was here, it's the fact I still see him affecting lives now that he's gone."
Sgt. Atwell's viewing will be this Friday at the Chapel Hill Church in Indiana and the funeral will be Saturday at the same location.
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