Cpl. Christopher Weaver

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Cpl. Christopher Lee Weaver
Aug 15, 1980 – Jan 25, 2005

Christopher Lee Weaver was born in Charleston South Carolina 15 Aug 1980.  Because he was born into a Navy family, he promptly left South Carolina in October 1982 and headed north to Virginia.  He settled in Stafford Virginia next door to Marsha and John Counselman.  John was a Major in the Marines at the time and is more than likely responsible for Christopher’s fond impression of the Marines.  
From Virginia, Christopher headed to Scotland where he started Kindergarten (P1) in a local Scottish school.  Christopher left a lasting impression on the Scottish kids because of his undeniable Rambo feat of running through a glass door.  His white shirt torn to shreds and blood stains all over it made him an overnight super hero.  He also started Cub Scouts in Scotland and had his first of several to come bike adventures.  Christopher, his Dad, and sister ventured from their home, Blairbeg in Blairemore, to Artatininy, over the mountain back home - a total of 20 miles.  Mom wasn’t home and boy did Dad get it from Mom because it was the first thing Christopher told Mom when she returned home from the states.  While stationed in Scotland, Christopher was able to see much of Europe, including Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands.
After living in Scotland for 3 Years, Christopher returned to Virginia in 1991, this time settling in Fredericksburg.  He attended Chancellor Middle School and Chancellor High School in Spotsylvania County.  He also continued with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.   Through his adventures in Boy scouts, Christopher did several high adventure outings and became known for his great camping abilities.  He was able to go camping in below freezing temperatures wearing shorts the entire time.  During one outing he had actually fallen into a creek, and was totally soaking wet.  As the next day approached, three scouts went into hypothermia, but not Christopher.  Boy Scouts got Christopher involved with biking again.  At the age of 11, he and several other scouts and some parents took on the challenge of riding 150 miles to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.  Christopher continued doing this ride all the way thru High School until he went off to college.  Christopher received his Eagle Scout award in the spring of 1998
Christopher Graduated from Chancellor High School in 1998 and then ventured off to college at Virginia Tech.  Because he had completed several honors courses in high school, he started VT already a semester ahead.  At the end of his freshman year, Christopher decided to join the Marine Reserves.  In his summer of 1999 he entered and completed Boot Camp in Buford S.C.  Later that fall he completed his MOS training and was later assigned to the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Lynchburg, Va.  He returned to VT in the spring of 2000 where he continued his studies in Forestry.  His ideal job in life was to be a Park Ranger in Alaska.   School took him on an adventure through the Southwest and Midwest visiting and studying various national parks.  The Marines took him to places like Romania and California.  Christopher also met the girl of his life, Danell Weaver, while at school at VT.
Christopher graduated from VT in 2002 with a major in History and a minor in Forestry.  Shortly after graduation, Christopher landed a job with Anteon at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, VA.  In the spring of 2004, he accepted a position with Bechtel in Las Vegas, NV.  He was in the process of transferring from the Marine Reserve unit in Lynchburg, VA, but had not reported to a unit in Las Vegas yet, when the Lynchburg Unit was activated.  Christopher volunteered to go to Iraq with his unit.  After a short training period in California, Christopher found himself in Andar Providence, Iraq, in August 2004.  His unit set up headquarters at Haditha Dam on the Euphrates River where they made constant patrols out into the countryside looking for stockpiles of ammunition and hostiles.  It was on one of those patrols where his Unit was ambushed and he, along with three of his fellow Marines, were killed by a rocket mortar attack on 25 January 2005.  The ambush has since become known as the “Ambush at the River of Secrets”.    
Christopher will be forever loved and remembered by his father, David, his mother, Sharon, his older sister, Carly Weaver, his fiancée, Danell Weaver, his grandfather and grandmother, Richard and Ellamae Weaver, aunts, uncles, and all of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.  
Christopher was a proud American and gave his life for something he truly believed in.