SAN DIEGO — Marco Alires is one in every of six Marines in important situation after an amphibious assault car turned engulfed in flames Wednesday on Camp Pendleton.
“The bond that we share collectively, it is equal amongst him and everybody else,” stated Lt. Todd Shafer, who served with Alires in Afghanistan.
Shafer stated it is heartbreaking to know they made it by way of a tour of obligation unscathed, simply to see his good friend harm as soon as he returned residence.
“Both approach you take a look at it, the coaching continues to be harmful in and of itself due to the roles you are coaching to do. However on our soil, it simply does not sit proper,” Shafer stated.
Fourteen Marines and a Navy corpsman from 1st Batallion, 1st Marine Regiment have been injured whereas conducting a fight readiness analysis as a part of scheduled battalion coaching.
“I do know this man proper right here tomorrow would surrender his life for me if it got here right down to it and I might do the identical,” Shafer stated.
Shafer referred to as Alires’ spouse, who’s caring for her husband and their young children, to lend his help.
“It doesn’t matter what it’s, do not hesitate to ask,” he advised her. “Large group of individuals behind them that may help him.”
As soon as a brotherhood, all the time a brotherhood, he stated.
“He is an impressive Marine,” Shafer stated of Alires.