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Brandon E. McGraw, Gunnery Sgt.

Brandon E. McGraw, Gunnery Sgt.
  • March 17, 1981 - December 13, 2013
  • Hampstead, North Carolina
  • Brookville Athletic Department
    1 Blue Pride Drive
    Brookville, OH 45309

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“We think of you so very often, I would say everyday. We have loved you always, It will be forever, forever plus one more day. To touch your hand...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Peggy and Jack Haas - Roundup, MT

“I love when people tell me that time will make me miss you less, they obviously have no idea what you meant to me. I miss you so much. I just want to...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Sam Gilbert - Louisville, KY

“You were an amazing husband who taught me a lot about life, love, and honor. I am so honored to be your wife and will cherish every moment we've ever...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Cherilyn McGraw - Hampstead, NC

“My condolences go out to you and your family. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Deanna Blankenship

“A better grandson will never be found. Will love you forever.j ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Grandpa Welch

“I am proud to have known Brandon and to be a part of his high school years in 4-H and the county fair. God be with your families at this time. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Betty Wingerter - Brookville, OH

“Brandon will truely be missed. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Wagner (Conner) - Brookville, OH

“To Brandon's family and close friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May all the wonderful memories you shared with Brandon help you through...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Rachel Skidmore - Hilliard, OH

“One of the best son in laws a family could ever ask for. You will always be in our thoughts, prayers and a part of this family!!!! We love you so...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Phill & Jane Ball - West Chester, OH

“My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to Brandon and his family. He truly was a good person with a big heart. His contagious laughter and love for...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Renee E. Smith (Brandt) - OH

“Semper Fidelis MARINE. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Richard Anthony - Sydney

“Nothing can make up for the absence of someone we love. It is nonsense to say the God fills the gap. God doesn't fill it; but on the contrary, God...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Bob, Cindy and Maggie Ball - IL

“Brandon and Cherilyn, Brandon you kept me going while we were stuck in Oki together, you were there when Melissa and I had our first date, and there...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: David and Melissa Stiehler - CA

“Dear Gunny:Thank You for your service. We will never forget you.""We sleep safe in our beds because rough men [and rough women] stand ready in the...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Socrates Peter Manoukian - CA

“God is now blest with a wonderful angel. May you rest in peace. We shall meet again. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Allison Herrmann - OH

“Rest in peace Brandon, as your memory will forever live on in our home. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Christin welch - OH

“our deepest most sincere sympathys are with bonnie, tony brawney, and cherilyn at this most difficult time in all of your lives. our hearts are...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: randy and bev harris - brookville, OH

“my thoughts are with Cherilyn, Phil, Jane and the family at this very sad time, it is an honour to help them at this time and i will keep a positive...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: David Stevens

“Our good thoughts and prayers go to Bonnie, Tony, and Brandon's wife. We are not supposed to outlive our kids. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: John and Brenda Carroll - OH


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McGRAW, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon E.,

Age 32, Hampstead, North Carolina, formerly of Brookville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on December 13th, 2013. Brandon was a great man whose selfless acts of kindness and giving will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Sergeant First Class, Howard W. McGraw, U.S. Army.

Brandon is survived by his wife, Cherilyn McGraw; parents, Bonnie and Tony Carmack; siblings, Brawny (Christin) Welch, Christina Welch Hoschouer, Sean (Meeka) Carmack and Steve (Stacey) Carmack; grandfather, Ronald L. (Sheri) Welch; grandmother, Eileen McGraw, and grandmother, Theresa Hummelshine.

Brandon was a 2000 graduate of Brookville High School where he was the Captain of the Varsity Football team and on the Wrestling team. After graduating high school, Brandon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where deployed in support of the Invasion of Iraq. Following his first 4 years in the Marine Corps, Brandon was accepted to Bowling Green State University, where he attended for 2 years. During his time at Bowling Green, Brandon met his wife and played on the BGSU Men's Rugby team. While enrolled at BGSU, Brandon chose to pursue his career in the United States Marine Corps, selflessly dedicating himself to the service of his country for the last 8 years. During his time in the Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Brandon McGraw deployed four more times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Marine, Brandon was loved and respected by his fellow Marines and took great pride in his work, joining the Corps' elite Marine Special Operations Command as a Critical Skills Operator. While in the Marine Corps, Brandon earned expert qualifications as a Military Free Fall (HALO) Parachutist, Marine Corps Combatant Diver, Breacher, and Scout Sniper. One of Brandon's favorite things was making people laugh. He'll always be ... READ MORE →