MarineParents: Marine Family Network (MFN)

An Outreach Program of


Condolences: SSgt Eric W. Summers, EOD Tech Marine from Poplar Bluff, MO, 11/13/2013

Please post condolences for the Summers family below this announcement.

Identification of Four Marines killed in accident aboard Camp Pendleton


Four Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines were killed in an explosion at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday during range maintenance operations to dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Zulu impact area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

One Navy Hospital Corpsman and two Marines nearby were released after receiving medical treatment at the scene.

Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, Airfield Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2000, and was promoted to his current rank in October 2010. Summers’ awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed to Kuwait in 2003, Iraq in 2004 and three times to Afghanistan in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

Views: 1319

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

It may be small comfort right now but SSgt. Eric W. Summers adds his spirit to all who have worked to preserve freedom and do good in the world. God bless SSgt. Summers, his family and his brothers-in-arms during this difficult time.

Barb (Good2GoMom)

Director: Outreach Programs

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis

I am so sorry for your loss.   With heavy heart, my deepest sympathies are with family and friends for SSgt. Eric W. Summers.  My prayers for comfort in your time of sorrow.  May he always be remembered for the honor and courage with which he fulfilled his duty and for the love and joy he gave his family and friends. 

Sandy (1~sandyr)

Director: Online Support Services

VPMM of Brian

I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am so sorry about the loss.


New Membership and Group Moderator Volunteer


Our family wants to express our deepest sympathies to your family, words will never take away the pain, but know you are in our thoughts & prayers today and forever. We will honor your son each and every day by making sure people remember and respect all those lives lost and we thank you sincerely for your son's service.

Prayers for your family’s loss, as heaven welcomes home four more heroes.

~ Eileen

May God bless and hold your family, allowing you to feel a sense of peace at this difficult time. Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers will be remembered in the hearts of all he knew and touched.
My deepest sympathies with thoughts of peace, courage and many prayers for all of the family... always,
Keri (HCC)
Marine groups moderator/mgr
VPP of Cpl. M - 1MEF/1LE Bn
Psalm 46:1

God Bless You at this time of great loss.  Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.  Our hearts and prayers are with you and yours.

Words are all we have to offer as an extended Marine family.  The feel a sense of loss in me for your Marine.  May The Lord give you peace and comfort during this time.  I thank you from my family for your Marine's service to our country and corps.

May God wrap his arms around you & may you always know how truly grateful we are for your hero.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~Author Unknown~


My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of SSgt Summers.  May God rest his soul and comfort you all shining light on your darkest days.  Forever honored.  Never forgotten.


Semper family,


VPMM of Sgt Derek, 3 OIF tours

Fallen Marines sought dangerous job

Bomb disposal techs were from close-knit community stunned by stateside loss

By Gretel C. Kovach
6:48 p.m.Nov. 14, 2013
Updated8:53 p.m.

The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance from a training range at Camp Pendleton had volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Every bomb disposal technician does.

They lived each day eyeball-to-eyeball with their own mortality, whether in Afghanistan or here in San Diego County. Peering at detonation wires. Cradling mortars in their hands to stack for disposal. Or hunting stray shells on a firing range, putting themselves at risk to protect fellow service members from being maimed or killed.

Now their names will be added to the black memorial stone at Eglin Air Force Base honoring the fallen from the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal community: Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista; Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach; Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L’Ourse, La.; and Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

To continue reading:

May God bless & comfort your family in this terrible loss. we keep you in our thoughts & prayers. thank you SSgt Eric Summers for your brave service to our country. you are loved

Reply to Discussion


Receive our Newsletter

Receive our Newsletter!
Enter your email:


Click for Archive Newsletters


Starts with June 2016 and includes every month through June 2017. 

Alert us to Content Violations

Let us know if you find content

that may not comply with

The Guidelines or Terms of Use

Click to report.

Group Categories

Join several groups! Select from categories that meet your needs or match your Marine's career:

Our Fallen Heroes

Please take a moment to honor our Fallen Marines. Click here to visit the condolence forum.

Click here to learn more ways to support Gold Star Families or if you are a Gold Star Family.




The Marine Corps:


About Deployment:



A few KEY LINKS for After Boot parents:

(links open in a new window by clicking "GO!" button below)

General Information:

Recruit Training:

Family Day & Graduations:

After Boot Camp:

Additional Resources:


© 2017   Created by Marine Parents Inc.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

The Care Package Project
Care Package Project™
Purple Heart Hero Support
Purple Heart Hero Support™
Operation PAL
Operation PAL ™
Gold Star Family Support
Gold Star Family Support™
Combat Recovery
Combat Recovery™
After the Corps
After the Corps ™
Gold Star Luminary
Luminary Initiative
Marine Parents Combined Federal Campaign #57100 Show Me Heroes Hiring Veterans in Missouri Capital One Visa Card and Marine Parents Supporting Our Troops is a Marine Corps Charity Partner Eleven Years of Service to Marines and their Families Shop for Marine Corps items at the EGA Shop IBM and Marine Parents Partnership in Charity AmazonSmile and Marine Parents Charity MarineParents is a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant, Inc.
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205
Phone (573) 449-2003
Copyright © 2003-14, Inc. ~ All Rights Reserved Worldwide is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity,
a Marine Corps Charity Partner, and Official Marine Corps Trademark Licensee.
Site Map   |   Statements of Use   |   Outreach Programs   |   Join Team Marine Parents
Neither the United States Marine Corps
nor any other component of the
Department of Defense has approved,
endorsed, or authorized this service.