When the 9/11 U.S. terrorist attacks occurred in 2001, Ed Castleberry remembers exactly where he was standing – he was 18 years old and working on a construction job on the roof of a high-rise building in downtown Seattle. All of a sudden, an employee ran up and frantically told everyone to get down immediately.
When Ed made it to the lobby, he watched the horror unfold on the TV screens along with everyone else. Within minutes, he told his boss that he planned to join the U.S. Marine Corps and serve his country.
Over the course of the next four years, he worked his way up the ranks to sergeant and served in Iraq. During his time there, he helped fight the War on Terror in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division Task Force Tarawa.
“Leading the Marines into combat was the most challenging yet humbling experience I have ever been a part of, and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve,” said Ed.
His life now looks very different. Ed – who grew up in Mt. Vernon, WA – serves as an operator at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, the fire team captain and an officer on the medical rescue team.