Three Camp Pendleton based Marines died Sunday when their armored vehicle flipped over and landed in a canal in the Helmand province.
Killed in that incident while on his third combat deployment was Sgt. Brandon C. Bury, 26, a native of Kingwood, Texas.
Bury lived in Oceanside with his wife, Heather, 27, and two young sons, Cole, 3, and Cade, 1.
Heather Bury was born and raised in San Diego.
The couple met at a party at San Diego State University in 2005 and married a year later. ”When you know, you know. He was the right person for me, he was the love of my life,” Heather Bury said.
When he left for Afghanistan on April 19 as part of a team training Afghan police, it was his first overseas assignment since his children were born.
Heather last spoke to her husband on Friday. “We were on the phone for about a minute and a half, but he wanted me to know how much he loved me and how lucky he felt to have me as his wife ...and that was the last time I talked to him.”
Also killed in that accident were Lance Cpl. Derek Hernandez, 20, of Edinburg, Texas; and Cpl. Donald Marler, 22, of St. Louis. Both were on their first combat assignments.
Marine Corps officials have said the three men were trapped inside the vehicle and drowned.
Part of her husband's job, Heather Bury said, was to train Marines on proper swim techniques and to rescue people from a submerged vehicle. “He always worried about others before himself and that was the man he was. He was the best man I ever knew, I feel honored that he was my husband.”
Donations through Wells Fargo Bank can be made to the Brandon Bury Memorial Fund; account number 2094633795.
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Published at 6:51 AM PST on Jun 9, 2010