Decorated Marine commander of legendary Darkhorse Battalion dies after sudden illness

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Decorated Marine commander of legendary Darkhorse Battalion dies after sudden illness | Task & Purpose

A highly-decorated commander of one of Camp Pendleton’s most battle-worn battalions died suddenly just a few weeks after relinquishing command.

Lt. Col Geoffry Hollopeter, a respected leader in the Marine Corps, died on April 3 after going into cardiac arrest, Marine Corps officials announced Tuesday, April 28. Prior to his death, he twice tested negative for COVID-19, the disease that comes from the coronavirus.

“Lt. Col. Hollopeter was well-known throughout the Marine Corps for his impeccable character and intellect,” said Col. Robert Weiler, commanding officer of the Fifth Marine Regiment. “He led his Marines with humility, and was a servant leader of impeccable moral and ethical code who shaped the lives of countless Marines.”

Hollopeter first entered service as an enlisted Marine. During his more than 20 years in the Marine Corps, he stood out for many things including his combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His medal stack is significant and includes multiple Bronze Star medals, including one with a combat “C,” meaning it was awarded for meritorious service under fire. He was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart and was awarded the Marine Corps’ Meritorious Service Medal
 

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Rest In Peace, Warrior and thank you for your service and many years of sacrifice!
 
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