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1st Lieutenant (1LT) Almar L. Fitzgerald, USMC
Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established in loving memory of 1st LT Almar LaRon Fitzgerald, USMC who was a wonderful son, a great brother, and a friend with a smile. Almar died on February 21, 2006 at the age of 23 while serving his country in Iraq. He graduated from Lexington High School as a member of the Class of 2000.

Almar enjoyed life and through his positive outlook and humor he passed that enjoyment on to others. Almar's bright smile and distinctive laugh were his most endearing qualities. He made friends easily and kept friends because of his honesty and loyalty.

As a polite, respectable, honest, and loyal individual, Almar was the epitome of great character and leadership. In addition to the aforementioned character traits and leadership qualities, Almar embodied the belief of giving to his fellow man through his compassion, helpfulness, and love for people.

Almar believed in putting his best foot forward in every situation. Whether it was with his personal style, athletics, academic accolades, or his career goals, Almar’s charismatic demeanor never resisted hard work to reach the next level of success, for he welcomed all challenges with an open mind.

Almar LaRon Fitzgerald was born on September 21, 1982 at Moncrief Army Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina to Sgt Robert L. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Sharon M. Fitzgerald.

He attended Lexington County District One schools from kindergarten through graduation. During high school Almar was a member of the Varsity Wildcat football team as a cornerback. He received the Rino award for being the toughest player of the season. He was small but he never let that stop him from doing what he loved. In addition to football, Almar participated in track, wrestling, and the Golden Blues dance, singing, and chorus group while attending Lexington High School. He is in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students. He graduated from Lexington High School Class of 2000.

Almar proceeded to undertake a degree in Criminal Justice at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. He was a member of cadre and served as Mike company executive officer during his senior year. He was a knob mentor and was a strong influence to his mentees. He enjoyed participating in intramurals and other extracurricular activities. He made numerous friends throughout his college career and was a proud Citadel alumnus. He graduated May of 2004, and entered the Marine Corp as a commissioned officer at Quantico, VA.

After completing the required courses he was assigned to Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marine, (2-28 BCT, 2nd Mar Div), Twentynine Palms, CA. On September 5, 2005 his unit was assigned to Iraq. Almar proudly served our country as a United States Marine. While serving in Iraq he requested a position change to platoon commander from company executive officer because of his desire to be outside with his peers fighting for freedom. He served honorably until his injury during operation “Iraqi Freedom” on February 18, 2006. He died on February 21, 2006 at Landstuhl Army Hospital Landstuhl, Germany. While serving in the USMC he received several honors: National Defense Service Medal (NDSM), Purple Heart, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with combat distinguishing device “V” of brave and valorous service), Sharp Shooter Badge for handgun, and Marksman Badge for rifle.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to one male student in Lexington School District One with the courage, character, drive, pride, and honor for which Almar possessed. Preference will be given to candidates who are seniors or early graduates that have a financial need and possess the same aspirations as Almar. Almar majored in Criminal Justice at the Citadel. He became a commissioned officer after graduating in May of 2004. His plan was to serve as a Marine for four years before becoming an agent for either the FBI, CIA, or US Marshals after his Marine service.

One of Almar’s greatest qualities was his big heart. His caring concern for others gave him the desire to be an organ donor. Through this selfless act he was able to help improve the quality of life for six other people. Almar may not be with us on this earth, but he will forever remain alive within our hearts and the lives he touched throughout Europe. His engaging smile and infectious laugh are engrained in the memories of his family and friends. He will always be remembered as a hard working, fun loving, go getter who always did it "his way".

We hope that the 1LT Almar L. Fitzgerald, USMC Memorial Scholarship will enable the recipient to continue their education and to be successful in their chosen field.

SFC(R) Robert Fitzgerald, Sharon M. Fitzgerald-Foster, Chajuan Fitzgerald LHS Class of ’91, & Roderick Fitzgerald LHS Class of ‘99
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