On Saturday, July 2, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs and their veteran handlers and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their teams had the honor to serve and bring comfort to those that attended the funeral of Corporal Nathan Carlson, United States Marine. Corporal Nathan Carlson, a 21-year-old from Machesney Park, Illinois, was killed during a military training exercise on June 8. The Osprey aircraft crew chief died with four other Marines when the hybrid airplane and helicopter crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border:
Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire
Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming
Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico
Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California
Nathan Carlson’s dream to become a Marine serving the United States of America, just like his father, became true in August 2019. In April 2021, he was deployed to Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait, followed by a time at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. In his young career, Corporal Nathan Carlson earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Nathan Carlson excelled in The Corps and was recently promoted to crew chief.
Corporal Nathan Carlson was known by his family and friends as a positive and loving person who would make sure his friends had what they needed.
Four purple Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) with the United States Marine emblem and a cross were at the funeral for friends, family, and fellow marines to sign as they remembered and said goodbye to Corporal Nathan Carlson. Nathan’s parents, two sisters, and his wife each received one of the HMCs.
As we celebrate Independence Day, we are reminded of the brave men and women who have served, fought, and stood guard to protect our freedoms and continue to do so today. For Nathan Carlson, United States Marine, our heart breaks for his family, friends, and fellow marines. We ask for your healing arms to surround Nathan’s family and friends with your peace, rest, and strength in each hour of their grief.
The following LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were present at Corporal Nathan Carlson's funeral:
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs:
Britta (LCC Squad) with veteran handler Dale Sasse
Butch (LCC Squad) with veteran handler Keith Stanton
Flex (LCC Squad) with veteran handler Fred Vanstrom
Kye (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois) with veteran handler Jay Gettings
Levi (Immanuel - East Dundee, Illinois) with veteran handler Steve Harrison
Mary (St. Paul's Lutheran - Janesville, Wisconsin) with veteran handler Tom Moore
Nigel (LCC Staff) with veteran handler Jim Morrison
Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) with veteran handlerJeff Schulman
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs:
Bekah (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois)
Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin)
Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois)
Sage (Concordia University Wisconsin - Mequon, Wisconsin)
Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois)