SSgt Christopher R. Goski
Hometown: Westfield, NJ/Sulpher Springs, TX
Age: 31 years old
Died: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Unit: 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Inserted: May 1, 1981
Extracted: June 10, 2012
Born in Sulpher Springs, TX and residing in part in Westfield, NJ, Staff Sergeant Christopher Ray Goski enlisted in the Marine Corps on November 5, 2001. He attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, CA, followed by Field Artillery Fire Direction Control School. He was assigned to 14th Marines HQ Battery FDC section and later to 2nd ANGLICO. SSgt. Goski joined MARSOC in 2009 and was assigned to 2nd MSOB, Camp Lejeune, NC.
SSgt. Goski served 6 tours of duty and was training for his 7th deployment at the time of his death. SSgt. Goski served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, fighting the enemy in close combat on every deployment. SSgt. Goski's personal decorations include two Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals. SSgt. Goski died in the line of duty.
SSgt. Goski is survived by his parents Timothy and Kathy Goski, daughter Evelyn Knightly, twin brother SFC Michael Goski (now deceased), brother John Paul Goski, grandmother Lavern Maynard, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was a caring and vivacious man and a loving father to his daughter Evelyn. He found fulfillment in being a United States Marine and felt it was his duty to serve his country whole-heartedly. The family and friends of SSgt. Christopher Goski were honored and blessed to have known him and he will forever be missed. God holds him now in his arms and peace is his covering.
“Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.”
-Richard Watson Gilder