22, of Norway, Maine; assigned the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky; killed March 13 when he came under small arms fire and an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations near Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Marco A. Silva.
Corey’s father, Ritchie, selected this stone from a perennial garden where Corey would spend time outdoors. Ritchie has a great story about a time when he and Corey went hunting and had been waiting all day for the perfect shot. Finally, a large buck comes into view and is within range. Ritchie raises his weapon, clicks the weapon from safe to fire, and instead, Corey says to his father. DON’T SHOOT, Corey stood up, and walked away, alerting the deer and leaving the scene.
Corey’s mom selected this stone from a short trail on the land where Corey grew up that lead to Corey’s final resting place. Wanda invited many friends and family to gather for Corey’s funeral and burial and asked them each to bring with them memorial stone to place on a pathway to the grave. Wanda deleted this stone from that path which symbolizes the love the Corey had fro so many and the love that so many had for him.
Corey loved the outdoors and leading others. When he returned home to Norway on military leave he quickly mobilized his friends and conducting “law enforcement boot camp” teaching his younger friends all that he had learned in the service. From tactics, to face paint, from physical fitness drills to moving with stealth, his friends looked forward to Corey’s return so they could always learn something new.
Corey adopted much of his affinity for military service from his dad, a Vietnam veteran and great example of service and sacrifice. Ritchie stated that Corey wanted to follow dad and insisted that mom sign the papers in needed Wanda’s signature for Corey to join the service was almost required, but Corey turned 18 years of age on Aug 4 and just four days later, on Aug 4, 2001, he shipped off to Ft. Benning – already proving his manhood by volunteering for service in the military and his willingness to go in harm’s way.
Although Corey loved the outdoors, getting dirty, camping, fishing and exploring, his parents, Wanda and Ritchie, saw a different side of their son when they were surprised to learn he had a primary part in a school play. His parents were in complete disbelief, even shock, to learn that Corey had been practicing, rehearsing and mastering a key role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He told his parents he was stage crew, but on the night of the show, Corey performed brilliantly and to their complete surprise and personal pride and enjoyment.
Corey was NOT known for his ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. He did not want to take Driver’s Education and he insisted that he would not need a driver’s license to get around his base. Wanda was very much aware of Corey’s difficulties behind the wheel and kept the keys away from her son on almost every occasion. There was one exception however. Corey was home on leave, age 19, again with no formal driving training, let alone a license to operate, but he demanded, he insisted in fact, that he MUST take his mother’s car to chauffer his brother Tristan, age 6, to the market Square for breakfast. This mission was very important to Corey. Wanda relented, gave her keys to the car, and instructed Corey “if something happens, you better RUN!” After breakfast the brothers made it safely to their grandmother, Mimi’s house and laughed about their adventure.
Another very interesting side of Corey was his absolute LOVE for animals, particularly his horse, Sasha. He spent hours with Sasha, grooming her, petting her and exchanging love that is only possible between a committed master and beautiful animal.
Corey must also be remembered for his chivalry, gentleness and generosity. Corey made friends with a young lady at his school that was a year older. This friend, Lisa, suffered from a concussion on the basketball court and suffered from dizzy spells and shaky balance. Corey saw Lisa in need and for several months he personally escorted her to class, walking her from door to door and from locker to the bus until she was fully recovered. Corey was giving, kind, generous and so thoughtful. His loyalty was unmatched.
Corey took this same quality into combat where he took his love for others and became fast friends with Iraqi boys whose land, government and community were in such turmoil. Corey treated them like his own family. He would play, wrestle and roughhouse with the buys making them feel loved and important. When Corey received a care package from his family and friends, Corey was often found giving big bags of candy to the boys. He was a kid at heart, playing and sharing and giving what he had to others. He had a heart of generosity and love.
Corey’s favorite food was surf and turf; his favorite drink was Moxie and he loved spaghetti sauce. He had a funny sense of humor and isremembered for mixing cake batter with a power drill. He loved to throw elbows to tease the people he loved and he earned the affectionate nickname Bubba for his kindhearted and loving nature.