Marine Sgt. Brandon Bury, 'a good person,' mourned at Camp Pendleton
In a ceremony that was alternately joyous and tearful, friends, family members and fellow Marines bade farewell Monday to Sgt. Brandon Bury at the Memorial Chapel at Camp Pendleton.
Bury, 26, of Kingwood, Texas, is one of five Marines from the base killed in Afghanistan in the last nine days.
"Our love was unwavering and undeniable," Bury's wife, Heather, told the gathering. "He was a dream come true."
The couple had sons Cole, 3, and Cade, 1.
Heather Bury, 27, was among the military family members who met privately with Michelle Obama on Sunday. The first lady visited Camp Pendleton to honor the sacrifice of personnel and family members from the base, home of the 1st Marine Division.
Twenty-two Marines from Camp Pendleton have died in Afghanistan, according to the non-government website www.icasualties.org. An additional 15 Marines from the base at Twentynine Palms and nine from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego also have died in the country.
The death tolls for the three Southern California bases are much higher in Iraq because the Marine involvement in the U.S. mission there has been larger: 351 killed from Camp Pendleton, 115 from Twentynine Palms and 10 from Miramar.
Bury, who had served two tours in Iraq, was killed when his convoy vehicle crashed. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
"He was a good person," said Sgt. Kyle Hicks.
-- Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton
Photo: The casket of Sgt. Brandon Bury arrives at the Memorial Chapel at Camp Pendleton. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times