Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when he died March 22, 2009 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was 28. The Marine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He graduated from Manchester Memorial High School and attended culinary school in California. He enjoyed playing chess, and was moved to join the military after the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina. The Navy Cross recipient earned a number of medals over his two terms in Iraq and final deployment to Afghanistan. He was survived by survived by his parents, Donna and Leonard Ouellette, his brother, Alan Ouellette, and sister, Stephanie Ouellette.
“He was always looking to be a part of something bigger than himself,” his sister, Stephanie Ouellette said. “Finally, he woke up one day and thought it was time (to join the Marine Corps).”
The Travis Manion Foundation honored Cpl. Ouellette with five more local Fallen Heroes through our Character Does Matter program in February 2012 when we told their stories to inspire 600 sixth grade students from Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, N.H. To honor the legacies of their Fallen Heroes, students completed 2,294 hours of service, and held a Memorial Day ceremony for veterans and families of the fallen. Several months after attending and being inspired by the ceremony, Michael’s mother, Donna Ouellette received a Challenge Grant, which will empower her to honor her Fallen Hero and provide hunger relief to low-income, elementary-aged children and their families through the BackPack Program.
New Hampshire Union Leader
Fallen Heroes Project
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