Fundraiser this weekend for fallen Marine's memorial scholarship fund

Fundraiser this weekend for fallen Marine's memorial scholarship fund
Marine Sgt. David Kreuter (Photo: Facebook)
Marine Sgt. David Kreuter's widow, Chrystina and their son, Christian, at his grave. (Photo provided to the Cincinnati Enquirer)
Marine Sgt. David Kreuter's widow, Chrystina and their son, Christian, at his grave. (Photo provided to the Cincinnati Enquirer)

DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A fundraiser will be held this weekend for a scholarship fund in honor of a local Marine killed with 13 of his fellow soldiers in the Iraq War's deadliest roadside bombing.

A pancake breakfast for the David Kreuter Memorial Scholarship Fund will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5261 Foley Rd., Delhi Township.

Sgt. Kreuter, 26, was one of 14 Marines from the Columbus-based Lima Company killed Aug. 3, 2005 when their amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by a makeshift bomb while they conducted combat operations. The unit's civilian interpreter also died.

He left behind a young widow, his college sweetheart Chrystina, and their son, Christian. The boy was just 7 weeks old when Sgt. Kreuter was killed.

Sgt.Kreuter attended Miami Heights Elementary and Three Rivers Middle School. He was a 1997 graduate of St. Xavier High School, attended Ohio University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2004 with a bachelor in science degree in criminal justice.

He was interested in joining the Marines for several years, especially since his senior year in high school.

Sgt. mKreuter wanted to serve, and he wanted to serve with "the best," according to his website.

He joined the Marine Reserves in October, 1998, splitting time between college and the Marines for six years. He planned to attend Officer Candidate School after his tour of duty in Iraq, and pursue training in intelligence and languages

Now, Sgt. Kreuter's family hosts annual events like the pancake breakfast to raise tens of thousands of dollars for scholarships for local students in his name.

Sunday's event will feature a silent auction with items such as Bengals and Reds tickets, theater and symphony tickets, golf tickets, car wash packages and sportswear from several local high schools.

For more information, visit David Krueter Memorial Facebook page.

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