Man remembers brother, fellow Marine killed

Sergeant Mark Bradley
June 16, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
The family of 25-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Mark Bradley says he died proudly serving his country.

It's been a tough two weeks for Bradley's brother, 23-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Steven Bradley. Now, he's back in Clayton with family.

Steven has been without his brother Mark since Mark was severely injured by an IED in Hemland Province on June 3. He died this week.

"I want Mark to be remembered as the best guy I know, and anybody you can ask, anybody he knows, besides his family and friends that he's the best guy they've ever met, a great marine," Steven said. "Great brother and friend."

Mark took his last breath at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

"To be honest with you, I couldn't even be with him in there because I couldn't stand the see the way he looked," Steven continued. "It was the roughest time in my life."

Mark was on his fourth deployment, serving not only in Afghanistan but also in Iraq and Haiti. The brothers had been serving in the same battalion supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as snipers.

Steven not only lost a brother but a man who filled the empty void left by their father.

"He took care of me and my little brother and my mom," Steven said. "He wanted to be there for us and he always has been."

As a Marine is being remembered, a young man tries his best to live in the footsteps of his hero.

Mark was from Cuba, New York and is survived by his wife who lives in Jacksonville, N.C.

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