Many stories have been posted about Marine Sgt. Jernigan’s funeral, asking fellow Marines and supporters to attend the service because he didn’t have a family.
His family wants you to know that isn’t true.
A post credited to Marine veteran Bradford Woodson stated the following:
“The marine in the middle passed away his name was Sgt Jernigan he didn’t have much family but my self and one other marine have been setting up everything we got service and burial arrangements taken care of but will only be a hand full of people there was want to see if we could get more there cause we are all brother and sister in arms.”
It’s been reported that other posts spun off that one which stated Sgt Jernigan was a ‘forgotton Marine’.
You may have seen the post from Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, they sent out a call for action to support the Marine’s post getting out the memorial information:
- Sunday, January 15th, 1 – 5 pm wake at El Camino Memorial in Sorrento Valley
- Monday, January 16th, 1:30 – 2 pm burial at Miramar National Cemetery
The Patriot Ride followed suit and set up a ride to support the Marine.
The San Diego Marine Corps League put out an announcement to correct the idea that Sgt Jernigan didn’t have family.
*SAN DIEGO Marines & Sailors update on Sgt. Josh Jernigan, please read:
THE INFORMATION THAT WAS ORIGINALLY BEING CIRCULATED ABOUT JOSH NOT HAVING A FAMILY IS FALSE:
Just received this email from one of his family members:
Josh has a large loving family who has planned his services and will be attending. The two Marines behind the original post were seeking attention and have turned our family’s funeral into a circus. We invite anyone to pay their respects, but the notion that Josh was a forgotten Marine with no family is a lie. It has turned our time for grieving into a nightmare. — with Derby Mena, Carlos Gomez Perez and Luis J. Mena.
They’re asking if Marines come to the service to wear Dress Blue Bravos, and that other services wear the equivalent uniform. The family has set up a GoFundMe account.
All public are still encouraged to attend, a Facebook event has been set up.
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