Marine LCpl Dale Peterson died April 23 while conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. He was with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Tomorrow morning the Patriot Guard Riders will pass my house on their way to Burns, on the far east side of the state, to meet LCpl Peterson's final plane home. They will serve as escorts throughout his services.
Dale was a son of Burns in Eastern Oregon and Redmond in Central Oregon. He graduated from Redmond High School in 2005, and joined the Marines when he graduated from high school. His teacher, Georgia Hendricks, remembered Dale for his upbeat spirit and positive attitude. "He was very bright, a great young man. We loved him here and had a lot of respect for his abilities and natural talent, and his ability to make other people feel good," she said.
Dale's widow, Marine LCpl Regina "Reggie" Peterson, said that "he chose Camp Lejeune because he knew they were going to deploy. It breaks my heart, but I also couldn't be prouder. He was doing what he wanted to do."
His father said, "this is about a boy who had the courage to go in the military and fight and die for his country."
Dale is survived by his wife, Reggie, a Bend native; his mother, Dorothy, of Burns; his father and step-mother, Greg and Kathy of Redmond, and three sisters.
Condolences may be sent in care of the Marine Corps liaison:
SSG Brian Oswalt, 4087 W Harvard St, Boise ID 83705
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
Farewell, LCpl Dale Peterson, and Walk with God.