James B. Stack
At Rest November 10, 2010
While contemplating a career in the United States Marine
Corps, a young man from Arlington Heights was asked six years
ago if he was prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice for his
country. He'd said he was, and this week he did.
Lance Cpl. James B. Stack was shot and killed Wednesday --
the Corps 235th birthday -- while on foot patrol in
Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He'd been in the country for
just one month.
At 20 years old, Stack was a son, a brother, a new father and
His father on Thursday recounted a meeting his son once had
with the family's friend and pastor. The man, himself a Marine
veteran, asked the then-14-year-old boy if the military was
something he really wanted to join.
"James, are you prepared to meet your savior? Are your
prepared to die?" Stack's father, Bob Stack, recalls the pastor
asking his son.
The boy said he was, adding that he saw the Corps as an
opportunity to be a part of something bigger than himself. He
finally enlisted in April 2009.
Stack was a rifleman, and prior to the military was a
nationally-ranked air pistol shooter in the 2008 Junior
Stack was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,
1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp
Pendleton, California. He's the sixth soldier from that base to
die this week.
He's survived by his wife, Katie, his 1-year-old daughter,
Mikayla, and his parents, Robert and Linda Stack.