Born: September 27, 1983
Fallen: June 23, 2005
Corporal Holly A. Charette of Cranston, RI was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC. She became a RI fallen hero on June 23, 2005 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.
Holly A. Charette of from Cranston, RI was a daughter of Edward T. and Regina Wheetman Roberts and father, Raymond Charette. She was a 2001 graduate of Cranston High School East, where she played four years on the field hockey team and was a cheerleader for the varsity hockey team. She completed a half year of college at the Community College of Rhode Island before entering the Marine Corps following the events of September 11, 2001. Holly wanted to become a Marine and serve her country. “She wanted to become a Marine after 9-11,” Charette’s aunt, said. “She wanted to do something for her country. She was a very proud Marine.” While in Iraq, she served as a mail clerk and brought smiles to many faces during her time with the unit. Everyone knew her smiling face and she at least knew everyone by name since she sorted literally tens of thousands of pieces of mail. There were times when she would even make special deliveries if a Marine or Sailor was expecting a package.
Holly loved to dance, have fun, and always made time for kids in her life. She expressed that she eventually wanted to become a child psychologist. A former classmate said she didn’t know her former teammate of the Cranston High School East hockey cheerleading squad was serving in Iraq until she saw Charette’s photo in a newspaper Saturday. “She was an awesome, awesome girl,” said her friend, who also worked with Charette at a CVS store. “I can definitely see her (joining the Marines). She was always ready to help anyone out.” “Holly was a happy girl and loved by all of us and everyone that she knew,” another person recalled. “Holly always looked at the positive side of everything. We are all missing a part of our hearts without her here.” “Her sacrifice represents the best Rhode Island has to offer,” then former Governor Carcieri said at the time.
Corporal Holly A. Charette became a fallen hero on June 23, 2005 at the age of 21 when a vehicle carrying explosives struck her vehicle in Fallujah. She was the first female Marine killed in Iraq. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, her fiancée, her 3 brothers, and grandparents,
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