Sgt David Coullard, USMC, Memorial Vandalized in CT

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Marine Corps Sgt David Coullard left behind a Gold Star Mother when he was killed on August 1, 2005 in Iraq. He was from Glastonbury, Connecticut. But on August 26, his memorial was found damaged by vandals. Flags were torn from their posts, benches knocked over, and the granite memorial broken. Police are investigating.

It is unknown whether any surveillance footage was available.

Glastonbury Police reported:

“Glastonbury PD is investigating the vandalism of the Sgt. David Coullard (US Marine Corps) monument located at the Bell Street end of the Addison Bog Multi-use trail. Three flags were torn from their posts, two benches were knocked over, and the large granite monument was knocked over and damaged. Sgt. Coullard was a Glastonbury resident who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. Anyone with information please contact Ofc. Perrone at 860-633-8301 or leave a tip on our website at https://www.glastonbury-ct.gov/…/po…/submit-an-anonymous-tip.”

The public’s response to the vandalism of David Coullard’s memorial was angry – here are just a few of the responses:

“I have no words! This is reprehensible! But, we as a community can pull together and outshine this disrespect by showing our support. Sgt. Coullard, I thank you and salute you for your service. Let’s not let the act of one outshine the appreciation and respect of MANY!” Jo-ann

“This makes me sick! I knew Dave and he was a fantastic person and Marine. Catch these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent.” Patrick

“Absolutely shameful!!! This marine made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and the freedom we hold dear!! My heart goes out to his family and friends to have to deal with this on top of their loss.??????” Liz

The official notification for Sgt David Coullard notification read:

Sgt Coullard died while conducting combat operations outside Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Brookpark, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, all were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He died on August 1, 2005.

Sgt Coullard loved the military, and re-enlisted when his time was up. He was a sniper.

“He’s a hero. He’s just like any fireman or policeman. You know the risks each time you head out. And that’s kind of prepared me. But it doesn’t make it any easier…We both knew the risks. He was a sniper up on a hill somewhere. So I always wanted to believe he was safe. Then I think about all the kids getting killed in Hartford and that’s all so senseless. This isn’t good either, but this was his job and he did it well.” Anita Dziedzic, Sgt Coullard’s mother to the Hartford Courant in 2005

To have a hero’s memorial damaged is heart-rending both for the Morther who raised him, and for the people who loved him.

 

Featured photo of damaged memorial via Glastonbury Police

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