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Remembering Corporal Gurpreet Singh:
Sikh-American Marine





Marines, Corporal

Based at Camp Pendleton -- 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Supporting - Operation Enduring Freedom

Killed on June 22, 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.


Hometown: Antelope, California, USA
High School: Oakmont High (Roseville)

Religion -- Sikh
Born in Punjab

“Gurpreet was a different guy when he came home on leave after his first tour in Afghanistan. In high school, he had looked up to us. Not anymore. We looked up to him with deep respect and admiration.”
— Joaquin Zavala, friend

“Gurpreet: I didn't know you but I am very sorry you have left us so soon in your young life. You could have only been a wonderful and loving son, friend, companion and confident. Because of you, there are many of us who will have the opportunity to continue to thrive. I only hope, in your memory, we do it right and remember it is because of you and others like you. God Now Blesses You Always. Say Hi! for me.”
— MattieJo

“Coropral Singh was someone everyone could get along with. Whether it be another patrol in hostile territory, or just a morning greeting; Gurpreet would always have a positive attitude. Love you bro, forever in our hearts.”
— Cpl. Fort

“Corporal Singh, as another young Corporal and a young [Sikh] like yourself, this kills me inside brother. You will never be forgotten and always remembered.”
— Cpl Singh-Sran

“Gurpreet studied with my son at High School in Roseville before joining the Marines. He was a brave and courageous teen, respectful to elders. He will shine like a star in our memory; unforgettable.”
— Rajinder Gill

“Corporal Singh always held his head high and was very respectful. I am glad to have served with you, brother, for we shall meet again. Rest in peace and much condolences to Gurpreet Singh's family.”
— Cpl. Bayze

“Goppi. He was my childhood friend when he was in India. Miss you, bro ... you will shine like a star in my memory … and you will never be forgotten ... till I die.”
— Sunny Saini

“You are a great son to be proud of, the rest of ours lives. We will remember your sacrifice. You are a great hero.”
— Balraj Singh

“Respected Gurpreet Singh, you are our hero. I salute you ... everyone will go to die one day, but some never die, they always live in the heart ... like you.”
— Amrinder Singh Dhaliwal

“Gurpreet Singh is The Man. I wish he was my son who died fighting for the great nation who respected [Sikhs] and others. Love you, Man. No words to say except bunch of tears every day.”
— Raj Duggal

“Gurpreet, to me, you are a bigger hero than any Bollywood superstar or any cricket superstar. Your exceptional courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, brother.”
— UG

“Gurpreet, I don’t know you or your family, but I attended your one-year Bhog at the Roseville Gurdwara just because you are a True Hero.”
— Kashmeer Bajwa

“I am humbled by your heroism and your family's sacrifice. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude.”
— Michael Cooper



US Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Conversation about this article

1: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), May 28, 2013, 8:28 AM.

Very poignant that Gurpreet Singh gave his everything in Afghanistan while serving his homeland. Sikhs have a proud tradition of taking on tyranny, especially the brand emanating from Afghanistan and the region since the 17th Century. There is NO greater sacrifice than to die on the battle-field to protect humanity from an enemy wallowing in chaos, sexism, tribalism and violence!

2: N Singh (Canada), May 28, 2013, 5:32 PM.

Gurpreet, like your brothers at the Battle of Sargarhi, you will never be forgotten and we will forever be grateful. Rest in peace, dear soldier. You have made us proud!

3: Rajinder Singh (Canada), June 10, 2013, 4:56 PM.

Great Sikh-American soldier who gave his life for others to live in a peaceful way.

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