Monday, October 7, 2013
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, died October 5 at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense has not released the cause of his passing, and his death is under investigation.
Collins was an intelligence specialist assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Just days before his death, Collins posted his feelings about the government shutdown on his Facebook page:
"I am waiting for the moment they breach my contract. Just waiting, I am out here in Afghan so I can't just leave, but I can sit the f-ck down and not give two sh-ts, get it together Obama and not to mention Congress. Jesus! Make up your minds, I will protect the being of my country with my life, but do not go f-cking with the men and women that protect your sorry asses."
Collins grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is survived by his mother, Shannon; his father, Jeremiah; sister, Monique, 21; brother, Paris, 16; and grandmother, Sheri James, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.