South Plains' Family Loses Sailor To Operation Enduring Freedom - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


South Plains' Family Loses Sailor To Operation Enduring Freedom

Two different South Plains' families are dealing with the same sense of loss.

Friends and family are mourning the loss of 31-year-old Mark Cannon of Lubbock. He was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday. 

Cannon's death followed that of 24-year-old, Randell Olguin of Ralls. Insurgents attacked his unit in Baghdad on Sunday.

In the middle of all this tragedy, we've also learned that 23-year-old Shawn Marvel of Snyder is on the road to recovery. An explosive device detonated near his vehicle Monday in Iraq.

Each of these men share a common bond, a desire to serve their country, and they all are heroes making different sacrifices to ensure freedom in the Middle East.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Cannon originally served in the Navy, but he was reassigned to the Marines as a medic.  He was shot and killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, while on ground patrol in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cannon's father tells NewsChannel 11 that 9/11 really impacted his son. Cannon left his career as a nurse's aide at Covenant to join the Navy. He'd only been in Afghanistan since mid-July. Before that he served in Iraq for seven months.

"He was doing what he wanted to do, what he thought was right.  It's just hard," Sergeant Randell Olguin's father, Senaido Olguin said. 

Sgt. Olguin always spoke of serving his country, but his high school coach says after 9/11 he too spoke about serving even more.

Olguin died Sunday, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Insurgents attacked his unit in Bahgdad.

Between these deaths, a sign of hope comes out Germany. Specialist Shawn Marvel's wife e-mailed NewsChannel 11 Wednesday, telling us her husband is doing okay, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Iraq on Monday. Marvel's wife also tells us her husband is credited with saving another soldier's life during that attack.

We know several folks across the South Plains want to share their condolences and messages of good will with the families so we've set up a place to do that, right here on  Click here to post your message.

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