Lt Wetherbee was a good friend and was Master Grant Smillies CO in Iraq. He was killed by an IED that his hummer hit. One of our guys was with him too; Max Garcia Sensei, who did CPR and ventilation on him during a firefight. They called for a "dust off" but the zone was too hot for helo's. So Max Sensei buttoned everything up and moved toward abu ghraib prison where the nearest medical aid station was. Lt Weatherbee was airlifted to Baghdad but was, unfortunately brain dead on arrival. We honor him every year and he has a very special place in our hearts. We will never forget him.
Information about Lt. Wetherbee
1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee
1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee 27, of Fairfax, Va.; assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died of injuries received from enemy action, on Sept. 12 in Anbar Province, Iraq.
1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee died of injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on September 12, 2004. First Lt. Wetherbee, an assault amphibious vehicle officer, was serving his second deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since joining the Marine Corps on Dec. 22, 2001. He was assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton in California. He was 27 years old. While in college, he attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he was platoon honorman and was promoted meritoriously to lance corporal. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program (Marine Option) after his graduation from the University of Idaho. Wetherbee was a "go-for-it-guy" who enjoyed rock and ice climbing, kayaking and backpacking. When not on military training during summers at college, he worked as an instructor for Outward Bound. "He did things he believed in," said Mike Beiser, coordinator of outdoor programs at the University of Idaho.
"Alex is not the kind of person that would be in the back or the middle; he would be in the front." He was stationed at Camp Pendleton. Described as a 6-foot-4-inch "stringy guy," Wetherbee was born into a Foreign Service family and lived in Ethiopia, India, Norway and Pakistan before graduating from high school in Virginia. He received a degree in forest resources in 2001 from University of Idaho, where he was active in the forest-fire control program and was featured in an instructional climbing video. He was on his second deployment ot Iraq.
Along with Lt Weatherbee were others we honor too. Cpl Sultau, Cpl Melowat, Cpl Puckett, and Cpl Coons.