Honoring wounded warriors

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo (right), Company E, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, “Diamond Head,” 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, runs in the North Shore Marathon, here, May 1, for wounded warriors. Dibernardo is assisted by members of Team Red, White and Blue. (Capt. Michael Linnington | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo (right), Company E, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, “Diamond Head,” 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, runs in the North Shore Marathon, here, May 1, for wounded warriors. Dibernardo is assisted by members of Team Red, White and Blue. (Capt. Michael Linnington | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Capt. Ozzie Santiago Smith III
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

HALEIWA – There are individuals who run marathon events for personal challenge and competition.

This thought process does not apply to Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo, Company E, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, “Diamond Head,” 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, who races to raise money for the support and recovery of wounded warriors.

Dibernardo’s participation in the North Shore Marathon was in memory of fellow Soldiers who were wounded or killed in combat. Team Red, White and Blue, or RWB, a nonprofit organization that sponsors extreme athletes, sponsored him.

After crossing the finish line, Dibernardo was unofficially informed that he finished the course in 3:49:42, breaking the previous world record of 3:54:49 for an individual running a marathon in a gas mask.

His thought about 10 friends he lost in Afghanistan, due to wounds sustained in battle, and Soldiers recovering from their wounds back at home.

“The fallen and wounded warriors are the heroes,” he said. “I’m not a hero, they’re heroes.”

Dibernardo highlighted the positive impact the support from fellow Soldiers and his chain of command had in preparation for this event.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Capt. Lindsay Maples, commander, Co. E, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB. “It’s incredible what he is doing, running a marathon and in a gas mask. We let him do his on training during physical fitness time.”

Dibernardo’s ultimate goal is to keep the country informed and educated about Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors efforts and sacrifices on deployments.

“This is the best way I know how to let the world know about the sacrifices being made by our Soldiers,” said Dibernardo.

“I’m very proud of him; it’s an outstanding thing what he’s doing and a great reason why he’s doing it,” said  1st Sgt. Henry Wood, former command sergeant major, 2nd Bn., 25th Avn. Regt., 25th CAB.

(Editor’s Note: This article is a web exclusive.)

 

 

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