Fallen Richland Marine remembered at Military Service
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Our community came together to remember fallen marine Dietrich Schmieman--he was one of sixteen marines who died in a plane crash last month. Friends, family, and fellow Marines shared tears, laughs, and memories at Schmieman’s Military Service Saturday.
It was a day of grief but also a celebration of Schmieman's life and impact.
“There are so many good memories,” said Chris Lynch, Schmieman’s best friend. “Wrecklessly driving his green Kia, spending days playing Halo and Super Smash Bros, countless days at the neighborhood pool perfecting our diving board tricks, lighting fireworks in places they should not be lit, and in ways they should not be used.”
The room heard from Schmieman's best friend, his marine commander, and his youth pastor.
“It's hard to remember a time where there wasn't a Dietrich,” Lynch said. “Or a situation in the past where Dietrich wasn't there to help us, to cheer us up, to convince us we could do it.”
Lynch said he's already felt Schmieman's presence helping him through hard times.
“It's impossible to put into words the importance of friendship and how much Dietrich meant to me,” Lynch said. “In the future, my goal is to be more like Dietrich.”
Schmieman's Marine Commander, Moises Navas, incited laughter, sharing what it was like to serve by his side.
“I called him a professional belligerent,” Navas joked. “To this day I don't think he really grasped the concept that just because he said ‘with all due respect,’ he could say whatever he wanted.”
Navas said Schmieman's smile helped their team know everything was going to be alright.
“Never above you, never below you, always beside you,” Navas said to end his eulogy.
People traveled as far as Japan to come honor Schmieman and pay their respects. Schmieman's final resting place will be at Sunset Gardens in Richland.