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  1. Chasing Greatness 2024

    January 17, 2024 by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures and Warrior 360 joined forces to host more than 400 local leaders in the community to its CHASING GREATNESS conference at The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa on January 11, 2024.

    CHASING GREATNESS was created with the goal of bringing together a wide array of leaders across a multitude of industries to learn from the various speakers, foster new relationships, and come away with transformative leadership tools to go out and attack the future.

    “I was pumped to have hosted you in partnership with my lifelong friend Brad Israel, founder of Warrior 360, for this CHASING GREATNESS event. We both consider ourselves passionate, lifelong students in the fields of leadership and human performance, while accepting that we still have an infinite amount to learn,” says Nathan Cox, chairman, 68 Ventures.

    Speakers were featured in a “Ted-Talk-style” fast paced day of leadership training and stories of greatness to inspire and motivate attendees and Cox urged all to “lean in, engage, and get out of your comfort zone.”

    Speakers for the event included:

    “It is truly a privilege to get to not only bring presenters together that have earned the title of experts in their respective fields, but to also surround our guests with their peers in the audience to have so much to offer across multiple fronts,” said Cox.

    Cox, who served as the day’s moderator, challenged each guest to Bet on Themselves by saying:
    “The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing at all. The best investment we can make will always be in ourselves. When you choose to Bet on You, God will take care of the rest provided you are willing to do whatever it takes to carry the water. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.”

    Photos for the event were taken by Stephen Savage Photography.

    Warrior 360 works with company leaders to help them build their dream team by cultivating environments employees don’t want to leave. Through speaking engagements, workshops and coaching, Warrior 360 can help transform company culture; develop stronger leadership; and better engage employees. For more information, visit www.warrior360.co.

  2. 68 Ventures Bowl Thank You

    December 26, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    The 68 Ventures Bowl was played on Saturday, December 23 at Hancock Whitney Stadium and pitted the hometown school University of South Alabama Jaguars against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Both teams came into the game with a record of 6 wins and 6 loses for the season. This is the first year for 68 Ventures to be the title sponsor of the game.

    “This bowl game is a dream fulfilled for me and it is humbling beyond words for it to be a reality because things as cool as this only happen because of the incredible people by my side that bring about the magic,” said Nathan Cox, chairman of 68 Ventures. “Everything good in my life is a result of having folks in my corner way better than myself and this is certainly no different. Thank you to the countless number of you that have stood by me and sacrificed in so many ways for my benefit. I owe you debts I can never repay.”

    The game kicked off at 6 p.m. and featured Savannah Cox singing the National Anthem, a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard and the coin being tossed by Cox and his son Luke.

    “What a great night of football in our hometown of Mobile, Alabama,” said Cox. “I was so fired up to share our sponsoring our first college football bowl game that was nationally televised on ESPN. We were expecting a heck of a crowd and were not disappointed with the turnout for a gorgeous Gulf Coast night.”

    The game ended with the Jaguars beating Eastern Michigan by a score of 59 to 10. Cox and his daughter Scarlett helped present the 68 Ventures Bowl trophy to the Jaguars.

    68 Ventures executives want to express their appreciation to the staff of the Mobile, Alabama Bowl team for their hard work in being the backbone behind this game for 25 years. These members include Jerry Silverstein, Sherrie Dyal, John “JT” Clark, Lexie Cantin and Sarah Thornton.

    Photos for the evening were taken by Stephen Savage Photography.

    During the broadcast, Lensea Film produced commercials for 68 Ventures capturing the company executive’s motivation and culture that goes into moving 68 Ventures forward and into the future. The commercials featured company leaders Nathan Cox, chairman; Adam Campbell, president; and Drew Dolan, CEO.

  3. 68 Ventures Bowl: Giving Back

    November 13, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures Announces Charitable Giving Campaign for the 68 Ventures Bowl Game

    68 Ventures is continuing the title sponsor tradition of charitable giving within the local community through a partnership with the annual Mobile, Alabama Bowl game (now the 68 Ventures Bowl). 68 Ventures has donated $40,000 to three local veterans’ groups and one Baldwin County arts program. Each organization received a $10,000 donation.

    The 68 Ventures Bowl charitable giving donations were given to:

    1. Veterans Recovery Group
    2. USS ALABAMA Battleship
    3. Equine Veterans Group
    4. Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT)s

    “As a veteran-owned organization, it is a privilege for us to be able to sponsor such amazing veteran groups as Veterans Recovery Resources, the USS ALABAMA Battleship Foundation and Equine Therapy Group. Nathan and I served in the Marine Corps together and our organization is full of many veterans from all branches of service. Supporting veterans is of the utmost importance for 68 Ventures.” 

    Adam Campbell, president, 68 Ventures

    68 Ventures is continuing the tradition of previous sponsors of the Mobile, Alabama Bowl game of giving to local organizations during the bowl season. Previously, GMAC focused on reading and writing programs, Dollar General supported literacy groups and Lending Tree supported small businesses.

    The 68 Ventures Bowl will showcase the city of Mobile, while advancing tourism and providing educational and athletic opportunities to the youth of Mobile. The 25th annual 68 Ventures Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 6 p.m. at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

  4. 68 Ventures Donates to the Arts

    by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures Announces $25,000 Donation to the Arts in Baldwin County as part of its 68 Ventures Bowl Sponsorship

    November 13, 2023 (Daphne, Ala.) – As the title sponsor for the 68 Ventures Bowl, 68 Ventures is continuing the title sponsor tradition of charitable giving within the local community through a partnership with the annual Mobile, Alabama Bowl game (now the 68 Ventures Bowl) to donate $40,000 to three local veterans’ groups and one Baldwin County arts program. These $10,000 donations are a chance for 68 Ventures to give back to the community to provide support and draw attention to deserving organizations providing important services in our local community.

    “I can’t begin to describe the impact that ESRT has had on our family and this entire community. Erin (Langley) and her amazing team continually blow my mind show after show, but the real significance of their passion is the people they shape our kids into. Every quality you’d hope to find in your child, they instill. I truly can’t think of a more deserving arts program to support.”

    Nathan Cox, Chairman, 68 Ventures

    68 Ventures donated $25,000 in total with $10,000 of that being a part of its 68 Ventures Bowl charitable giving campaign. The other organizations for this charitable donation were Veterans Recovery Resources, the USS Alabama Battleship Foundation and the Equine Therapy Group. All recipient organizations will be recognized during the 68 Ventures Bowl game on Saturday, December 23 and spotlighted on all social media accounts.

    The purpose of the donations was to continue the tradition of previous sponsors of the Mobile, Alabama Bowl game of giving to local organizations during bowl season. Previously, GMAC focused on reading and writing programs, Dollar General supported literacy groups and Lending Tree supported small businesses. Being a veteran-owned company, 68 Ventures chose to support local veterans’ groups and a Baldwin County arts program for young adults.

    The 25th annual 68 Ventures Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

  5. 68 Ventures announces New Leadership

    July 31, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures Announces New Leadership and Operational Update

    July 31, 2023 (Daphne, Ala.): With the company’s new vision for the future, 68 Ventures has announced new leadership in Drew Dolan as CEO and Adam Campbell as president. In addition, 68 Ventures has announced a change with one of its operating companies, TerraCore Development Services (TerraCore). TerraCore is the single-family lot development arm of 68 Ventures and has been responsible for the development of over 7,500 lots.

    Drew Dolan, CEO

    Dolan, previously president of Truland Homes, a leading Gulf Coast builder of more than 3,000 homes, moved into the CEO role to oversee 68 Venture’s real estate and development efforts. As president for Truland, Dolan was responsible for implementing the company’s vision, mission and overall strategic direction in addition to driving culture throughout the organization, a role he will continue as CEO of 68 Ventures. “Leading Truland Homes was the most rewarding experience of my professional career. I am grateful to each of our team members and trade partners that made it such a success,” said Dolan. “As we look forward, I am excited to return to 68 Ventures and lead the organization alongside Nathan and Adam. We have a top-notch team and are well positioned to focus our resources to significantly expand our development operation.” Previously, Dolan worked for 68 Ventures as Chief of Staff where he was focused on providing support to the CEO, project management and strategic planning, in addition to working with internal business units, banks and investors on deal structures and execution. Dolan’s real estate and development career began when he started working as an attorney in the commercial real estate group at Maynard, Cooper & Gale (now Maynard Nexsen) in Birmingham, Ala. Here, Dolan represented buyers, sellers, investors, developers, landlords and tenants in all types of real estate matters. A native of Fairhope, Ala., Dolan attended The University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s in finance, a master of business administration, and a law degree.

    Adam Campbell, President

    Campbell is president of 68 Ventures and leads operations including all companies within the 68 Ventures portfolio. “I am honored and humbled that Nathan has provided me the opportunity to be a part of leading 68 Ventures alongside Drew,” said Campbell. “We have an amazing team in place that is highly competitive. We see a bright future ahead in all of us concentrating our efforts on development, investment and construction.” Prior to joining 68 Ventures, Campbell spent his corporate career as an executive in both the public and private sectors focused on formulating long-term growth strategies. His experience includes managing national sales teams, directing and overseeing company marketing, developing and overseeing a national client retention strategy, managing public affairs and communication efforts, along with identifying and evaluating acquisition targets that would unlock strategic markets for the organization. Campbell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University and earned a master of business administration from Colorado State University. Upon graduation from Monmouth University, Campbell entered the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School earning a commission upon completion. He spent the next 11 years as a Harrier Pilot and ultimately left the Marine Corps in 2015 at the rank of Major.

    ““As 68 Ventures embarks on this thrilling new chapter, I couldn’t be more confident about our prospects having Drew and Adam leading the charge. Both have been two of my most trusted relationships, while demonstrating their business acumens and leadership abilities to be beyond deserving of the roles. We have more opportunities in front of us than ever before, which is a testament to everyone in our organization, and there are none better than these two to capitalize upon them. I look forward to supporting them and celebrating their success together for decades to come.” 

    Nathan Cox, Chairman, 68 Ventures


    Will Lowery, Managing Director – Single Family Residence

    The decision has been made alongside Will Lowery to transition him and the entire TerraCore team back under the 68 Ventures brand. Once its own entity, the TerraCore brand will be dissolved, however Lowery will continue to lead as the Managing Director of SFR (Single-Family Residential) Development and his team will remain completely intact. “Will has done a tremendous job building out and leading our single-family lot development operation over the last decade to provide lots to D.R. Horton and Truland Homes,” says Nathan Cox, Chairman of 68 Ventures. “It is with great enthusiasm we welcome Will and his team at TerraCore’s return to 68 Ventures. There is no other component of our organization more vital to us achieving all the goals we have set forth than augmenting Will and his group as they expand geographically in route to developing 5,000 lots a year for D.R. Horton.”

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    About 68 Ventures

    68 Ventures (68V) is the parent company for numerous operating businesses along the Gulf Coast which focus on development, investment, and construction. Headquartered in Daphne, Ala., 68V is a purpose driven, culturally focused organization with a strong operational track record that has resulted in it becoming the largest single-family developer within the region, deploying well over a billion dollars in capital, and reaching the ranks as one of the top 100 private home builders.

  6. 68 Ventures Bowl Announced

    June 14, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures announces Title Sponsorship of Mobile, Alabama Bowl to become “68 Ventures Bowl”

    Bowl officials announced the 68 Ventures Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 23 at 6 p.m. CST at Hancock Whitney Bank Stadium on the University of South Alabama campus. The bowl will air on ESPN and feature teams from the Sun Belt Conference, the Mid-American Conference or Conference USA. In addition, the official bowl logo was released featuring the USS ALABAMA Battleship along with the 68 Ventures logo.

    On May 15, 2023, the Mobile Alabama Bowl (formerly the LendingTree Bowl) has announced 68 Ventures as its new title sponsor. Daphne, Ala.-based 68 Ventures will headline the game for the first time beginning in this year’s December match-up – now titled the “68 Ventures Bowl.”

    “We are thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event and for the incredible opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of our community,” said Nathan Cox, founder and CEO of 68 Ventures. “As a native Mobilian, former college football player and entrepreneur that still calls coastal Alabama home, it’s an honor to join forces with the City of Mobile to make this year’s game an unforgettable experience for the teams and their fans.”

    “The sacrifices these athletes make to compete at this level is a source of inspiration to us, and we look forward to celebrating them by bringing an energy to this year’s game that only a local partner can provide,” continues Cox. “We are humbled to be selected to take part in the college football bowl experience and excited to contribute to this tradition of excellence, both on and off the field.”

    “This bowl game title sponsorship will allow 68 Ventures to shine a spotlight on the Gulf Coast as a region with tremendous business opportunities and a quality-of-life that rivals anywhere,” said Adam Campbell, president of 68 Ventures.

    “We (68 Ventures) felt the logo should reflect not only our community but our company’s military background and pay tribute to all veterans and their families. I can’t think of a more fitting image than the mighty “ALABAMA” to emphasize the patriotism and love for this Country the people of the Gulf Coast demonstrate.” 

    Nathan Cox, chairman and founder, 68 Ventures
  7. $138K raised for Baller Dream Foundation  

    April 25, 2023 by Katherine Seibt
    68 Ventures Raises Over $138K for Baller Dream Foundation  

    April 25, 2023 (Daphne, Ala.):  68 Ventures and the Cox Family Foundation hosted Ballin’ on Belrose in Olde Towne Daphne on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The 10.5-mile “Everest Challenge” walk/run raised over $137,000, and one hundred percent of funds raised were donated to Baller Dream Foundation

    Ballin’ on Belrose is a pared-down version of an “Everest Challenge,” where participants walk or run up and down Belrose Avenue for a total of 10.5 miles. Saturday’s challenge included eleven total ascents of the hill on Belrose Avenue, with the total uphill distance equaling 29,029 feet – the height of Mount Everest. 68 Ventures added an additional challenge this year for all Baldwin County nonprofits, offering a $10,000 donation to the organization whose participating team members completed the most combined ascents. 

    The winner of the nonprofit challenge was Prodisee Pantry, with 147 combined ascents.

    The event concluded noting the following numbers:

    • $138,223 Amount raised for the Baller Dream Foundation 
    • $10,000 Donated to Prodisee Pantry 
    • 182 Registered Participants 
    • 70 Participants who completed the Everest Challenge, ascending 29,029 ft 
    EVEREST CHALLENGE WINNERS
    • Andrew Russell – First Place Male 
    • Shannah Stamm – First Place Female 
    • Gray Clark – First Place Male Kid (12 and under) 
    • Madeline Jenkins – First Place Female Kid (12 and under) 
    • Greg Bordenkircher – First Place Male Senior (over 55) 
    • Shannon Silvernail – First Place Female Senior (over 55) 
    • Presley Bordenkircher – Top Dog 

    “Our purpose at 68 Ventures is to see all we can do with all we have been given,” said Adam Campbell, 68 Ventures president. “Nathan Cox, our founder and CEO, leads by example by demonstrating the power of what we can do to help others in this community. We are proud of our fantastic partnership with Baller Dream Foundation and working to help residents in Baldwin County.” 

    NATHAN COX, CEO

    Title sponsors of the event included DR Horton, LOG Construction, the City of Daphne and the Pilot Family/Mobile Baykeeper. 

    Thank you to our additional sponsors:  
    • Poly Surveying
    • Byrd Campbell
    • Centennial Bank
    • Cunningham Delaney Construction
    • Harvest Capital LLC
    • BankPlus
    • Aegis Exteriors/Fortress Roofing
    • Bay Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
    • Justin Law: Strategic Wealth Advantage
    • Kent’s Landscaping
    • MBR LTD/Reed Family
    • R&S Paving
    • WAS Design Inc.
    • Sunrise Dermatology
    • Angelo Gordon
    • Baker Dolan & Associates
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Baldwin County Sewer Service
    • BCC Waste Solutions LLC
    • Braxton’s Landscape & Lawncare
    • Century Bank
    • Cox Pools
    • ELM Inc.
    • ESRT
    • Fairhope Landing RV Resort
    • Gene’s Floor Covering
    • JADE Consulting LLC
    • Liberty Rent LLC
    • Maynard Nexsen
    • Middleton Construction
    • Rish Real Estate
    • Shirlee’s Memorial Fund
    • Southeast Plumbing
    • Stoic Equity Partners
    • Swift Supply
    • The Thrasher Company LLC
    • Tower Homes
    • Vigilant Insurance Partners
    • Vigilant/Align Insurance Partners
    • West Alabama Bank & Trust
    • WinWard Holdings LLC
    • Grant Nichols Const
    • B/E Business Services LLC
    • Blue Water Lumber
    • Boeschen Heating & Cooling
    • Burton Property Group
    • Capitol Building Products
    • Cooper Fence Co.
    • Crucible Construction
    • CSSI (Cost Segregation Services Inc.)
    • Dewberry
    • Elevated Living Company
    • Force 5 Walls Inc.
    • Gallo Design / Southern Home Inc.
    • Mako Services
    • MES
    • MH3 Printing
    • National Land Realty
    • One In A Row Ventures
    • Robb and Margaret Cunningham
    • Senator Katie Brit
    • Seven Seas Ventures
    • Southern Dentistry
    • The Hale Family
    • Weather Tech Roofing
    • Wright Transportation
    • Gregory M. Sweeney Jr. DMD
    • Ammons and Blackman Construction LLC
    • BRIM Construction Group Inc.
    • Davis, Davis & Associates PC
    • Door-N-Gutter Pro Inc.
    • DR Horton/Mitchell Residential
    • Edmondson Farm Packing
    • Harris Stone Works, LLC
    • Kimberly Steel
    • MH Vertical LLC
    • Mobile Lumber & Millwork
    • Parker Painting LLC
    • Prime Roofing & Restoration\
    • S.E. Civil LLC
    • SmartBank, Storing Solutions
    • The Dudley Family
    • Tim Burch
    • Tim Edmondson Farm
    • Uniti Fiber
    • Vallas Realty
    • Warrior 360
    • Zarzour Companies
    • L&M Marine
    • ACCESS Magazine
    • SOCIAL Magazine
    • SOHO Event Rentals
    • Sportsman’s Marine
    • Lensea Film
    • Mobile Bay Overhead Door
    • TerraCore Development
    • Idea signs and graphics
    • Press & Co. 

    # # # 

    The Baller Dream Foundation (BDF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that lifts the spirits of brave young cancer warriors, ages birth to 25. The young people served by BDF are not called patients, but “Ballers.” Baller is a modern-day term suggesting a person is doing well, feeling well, and in control.  

    BDF works closely with children’s hospitals across the country and provides in-hospital, volunteer-led activities to help ease the minds of young warriors, as well as support for their families. Baller Dream Foundation supports and assists young cancer warrior and their family through treatment, remission, and the path to a stronger life. 

     

  8. Ballin’ on Belrose

    April 22, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    On April 22, 2023, 68 Ventures and the Cox Family Foundation hosted Ballin’ on Belrose to raise funds for the Baller Dream Foundation. 

    The 10.5-mile “Everest Challenge” walk/run raised over $137,000, and one hundred percent of funds raised were donated to Baller Dream Foundation. Ballin’ on Belrose is a pared-down version of an “Everest Challenge,” where participants walk or run up and down Belrose Avenue for a total of 10.5 miles. Saturday’s challenge included eleven total ascents of the hill on Belrose Avenue, with the total uphill distance equaling 29,029 feet – the height of Mount Everest. 68 Ventures added an additional challenge this year for all Baldwin County nonprofits, offering a $10,000 donation to the organization whose participating team members completed the most combined ascents. The winner of the nonprofit challenge was Prodisee Pantry, with 147 combined ascents.

    The event concluded noting the following numbers: $138,223 Amount raised for the Baller Dream Foundation | $10,000 Donated to Prodisee Pantry | 182 Registered Participants | 70 Participants who completed the Everest Challenge, ascending 29,029 ft.

    Everest Challenge Winners: Andrew Russell First Place Male | Shannah Stamm First Place Female | Gray Clark First Place Male Kid (12 and under) | Madeline Jenkins First Place Female Kid (12 and under) | Greg Bordenkircher First Place Male Senior (over 55) | Shannon Silvernail First Place Female Senior (over 55) | Presley Bordenkircher Top Dog.

    Title sponsors of the event included DR Horton, LOG Construction, the City of Daphne and the Pilot Family/Mobile Baykeeper.

    Our purpose at 68 Ventures is to see all we can do with all we have been given. Nathan Cox, our founder and CEO, leads by example by demonstrating the power of what we can do to help others in this community. We are proud of our fantastic partnership with Baller Dream Foundation and working to help residents in Baldwin County. 

    Adam Campbell, President, 68 Ventures
  9. Chasing Greatness Conference 2023

    January 10, 2023 by Katherine Seibt

    68 Ventures and Warrior 360 joined forces to host more than 200 local leaders in the community to its Chasing Greatness conference at The Grand Hotel on January 10, 2023.

    The event raised $10,000 for the Palm Project.

    CHASING GREATNESS was created with the goal of bringing together a wide array of leaders across a multitude of industries to learn from the various speakers, foster new relationships, and come away with transformative leadership tools to go out and attack the future.

    In addition to the high-profile speakers, conference organizers were proud to make a $10,000 donation to the Palm Project. The Palm Project is an initiative through the Baldwin County Education Coalition to provide any necessary items needed for Baldwin County students. Composed of committee members, volunteers, and donors, this group recognizes the greatest gift a child can receive is an education.

    Speakers for the day included keynote addresses by Warrior 360 President and Founder Brad Israel and Mark Fernandes of Capitalism 2.0. In addition, two panels were held to enlighten and entertain attendees. The first panel was made up of highly successful leaders from the sports world and included former NFL stars Philip Rivers and Jarret Johnson, David Morris of QB Country and Alabama’s all-time winningest high school football coach, Terry Curtis of UMS-WRIGHT. During this panel, the speakers gave their insights on their leadership skills as it related to their football careers and beyond. The other panel was a business panel featuring several highly respected CEO’s, all with an immense amount of experience overcoming times of chaos to build businesses capable weathering of any storm. In this panel was Adele Hapworth with The American Equity Underwriters, Rodney Pilot of Pilot Catastrophe and Nathan Cox of 68 Ventures. During this business panel, attendees learned how these successful leaders try to impact their companies through employee leadership and what matters to their employees while keeping an eye on their business procedures and their bottom lines.

  10. Fallen Heroes Memorial

    September 11, 2015 by Katherine Seibt

    The USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is home to the Fallen Heroes Memorial paying tribute to all the Alabamians who have given their lives in service since 9/11.

    The USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is home to the Fallen Heroes Memorial paying tribute to all the Alabamians who have given their lives in service since 9/11.
    During the dedication ceremony held in 2015, hundreds showed up to view the new memorial which contains 146 names of Alabama troops who lost their lives in the war on terror.

    A 2011 Press Register article recounts how former U.S. Marine Nathan Cox knows first-hand about fallen heroes — he lost his best friend in Afghanistan and witnessed another buddy killed in action in Iraq.


    The article goes on to explain that Cox spearheaded efforts to raise the money to build the Fallen Heroes Memorial and place it at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. The project was started to honor the military personnel who lost their lives in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.


    Local artist Casey Downing took almost a year to complete the bronze sculpture depicting the ceremony conducted in combat zones that marks the death of a soldier. The memorial stands 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide with a six-sided granite base honoring each of the U.S. service organizations – Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard – with the sixth side listing the names of the those who have died.


    The sculpture is a soldier’s boots with a rifle positioned between them. Dog tags hang from the rifle and a helmet rest atop it.


    Cox, who was deployed to Iraq with 3rd Battalion 6th Marines as a rifle platoon commander in 2005 and 2006, said in the article that at the time of a soldier’s death, each platoon member had a moment to kneel at the makeshift battlefield memorial and say goodbye to their friend.


    “When you’re out in the combat zone, and can hear bombs or rifle fire, a lot of tears are shed,” he said. “Anytime I see it, I get choked up.”