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Fallen warrior mourned

26 Oct 2004 | Lance Cpl. Graham Paulsgrove

The Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, gathered here Oct. 24 to pay their final respects to their fallen brother in arms, Sgt. Doug Bascom.

Bascom, 25, a platoon sergeant with Weapons Company, 2/5, was killed while engaged with insurgents Oct. 20 in downtown Ramadi.

"We are here to honor a man who always did everything he could," said Lt. Col. Randy Newman, commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

Bascom was a member of the Individual Ready Reserves out of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was mobilized and assigned to 2/5.

"Sgt. Bascom came here as a combat replacement," said Newman.  "He was dedicated to his duties, executed them as a Marine flawlessly and paid the ultimate sacrifice because he understood his call to duty here in Iraq."

Bascom was known through the company as a dedicated, caring and great man.

"As soon as Sgt. Bascom joined Weapons Company, he was an integral part of our unit," said Capt. Patrick Rapicault, commanding officer, Weapons Company, 2/5.  "He cared about his Marines, was dedicated to our corps, always led by example and his positive attitude will always keep us motivated."

Marines under his care looked up to him as a leader and as an extension of their own family.

"With Sgt. Bascom, I finally had an older brother," said Lance Cpl. Brent Hauk, a rifleman with Weapons Company, 2/5.  "He took care of me, took blame for me and watched out for me.  He did everything an older brother is supposed to do, not because he had to, but because he wanted to."

"He volunteered to come out here," said 1st Lt. Phillip Sprincin, a platoon commander with Weapons Company, 2/5. "He chose to be a part of the solution, not to stand on the sidelines and watch."

Additionally, Bascom was known for being a good friend and loving his job.

"The morning before he left us, I watched him run back and forth from the hooch to his humvee, getting ready to go out, smiling the whole time," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory McFarland, a corpsman with Weapons Company, 2/5.  "He was smiling because he was going out the gate.  I will always have his smile and his friendship."

Although he is gone, Bascom will be remembered for a long time to come by those who served alongside him.

"He will always be with us," said Sprincin.