Friends recall fallen Marine from Pickel Meadow

Friends of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Phillip Allen Bocks, who was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan a week ago today, are asking residents and businesses in Carson Valley to fly their flags at half staff Monday.

Gardnerville resident Jennifer Pickering said Bocks had several friends in Gardnerville while he was stationed at the Pickel Meadow Mountain Warfare Training Center.

"We are asking that people fly their flags at half staff in his memory, especially given what a wonderful person he was and the service he gave his country."

Bocks worked with Pickering's husband.

"He would stay up here with us quite a bit when he wasn't on the base," Pickering said.

"He would call and ask what was for dinner and then we would be in the kitchen making it," she said. "He was a great friend to many of us down here. Even when he was having a bad day, he found a way to make himself and everyone else laugh."

Pickering said Bocks' friends will miss him greatly.

"He will always be in our hearts and memories," she said.

Services for Bocks are 1 p.m. Monday at Pickel Meadows.

Bocks' friend Gardnerville resident Nicole Gesselman said he enjoyed going camping and wakeboarding.

"We always went camping and we have a boat and he loved go wakeboarding with us every weekend," she said. "He was very special to us and he was our friend and our hero."

Gesselman expressed her sympathies to Bocks' family.

"You have a wonderful son and he will always be remembered and loved."


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