Marine served nation, military well

Marine Capt. Eric Terhune followed in the footsteps of his father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather when he joined the armed forces.

Terhune, of Lexington, was eager to serve in the armed forces and enlisted at 18 when he graduated from high school, his family said.

He had served almost half his life when he died June 19 at age 34 while conducting a security patrol in Farah Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

“He was in the very best sense of the word, an officer and a gentleman and a patriot,” his uncle, David Terhune, told The Associated Press. “I always admired his strength and his power, but he was also gentle at the same time.”

The wife of a Marine who served with Terhune echoed the sentiments of many in her comments on the online guest book for Terhune: “He truly loved his job and was dedicated to what he did. Eric, you are a true hero!”

Funeral services will be Saturday at Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington. He will be buried at Camp Nelson Cemetery.

We honor his service and offer condolences to his family and friends.