Kopp in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Range 14 Training Complex
Eric Paul Bertaud
Second Lieutenant, USMC
Company D, The Basic School
February 20, 1970 - July 29, 1993
Location. 38° 34.903′ N, 77° 26.084′ W. Marker is in Kopp, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on MCB 1, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on Quantico Marine Corps Base. Authorization is required to visit the base. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Haven Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Quantico Baptist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Quantico National Cemetery Carillon (approx. 4.4 miles away); Quantico National Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Howison Homestead (approx. 4.6 miles away); “Let There Be Lights” (approx. 4.6 miles away); Little Union Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Nolan H. Gray Reservoir (approx. 4.8 miles away).
1. Backstory on Range 14 Training Complex Dedication
On the afternoon of July 29, 1993, Company D was on Range 14a, engaged in a live-fire
Then Marine Corps Commandant General Charles C. Krulak was the senior officer present when the Range 14 Training Complex was dedicated in honor of Lieutenant Bertaud. Lieutenant Bertaud was buried at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. Among the Marine Corps officers attending his funeral were General Peter Pace, then President of the Marine Corps University and future Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as the current Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway, who was then a Colonel and Commander of The Basic School. General Pace presented the flag to the Lieutenant Bertaud's mother.
Prior to attending The Basic School, Lieutenant Bertaud was selected to participate in training at the prestigious Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and was also recognized as one of the top NROTC officer candidates in the nation upon his graduation from the Engineering program at Iowa State University. He served as Executive Officer of the NROTC unit there, which at that time was
The officer who killed Lieutenant Bertaud received a General Discharge from the Marine Corps as a result of Courts Martial proceedings into the matter.
— Submitted March 17, 2008.
2. Marker Correction
Lieutenant Bertaud's correct birth date is February 28th, 1970.
— Submitted March 18, 2008, by David Bertaud of Gurnee, Illinois.
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