(Photo courtesy of Elaine Huffines)
Sgt. Marcus Andrew "Marc" Golczynski, 30, "was killed as a result of a gunshot wound to his abdomen" while on foot patrol in the Al Anbar Province, Marine Lt. Col. Melinda Hermann said this morning.
Golczynski, son of Elaine Huffines of Motlow College Road, and Henry Golczynski, owner of Franklin Printing in Murfreesboro, was a Marine Reservist on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
"He was very devoted to his young Marines and ... he volunteered to go a second time," Huffines said at her home Wednesday afternoon. "He felt the job was not done. He ... went the second time to protect the young Marines.
Sister-in-law Jill Golczynski said, "He put everybody first. I know he treated his Marines like family and that's why he's no longer with us. We're very proud of him."
Lt. Col. Herrmann said, Sgt. Golczynski died in the late afternoon Tuesday, Iraqi time.
He was "an outstanding leader of Marines," Herrmann said. Because of that, "he had previously been selected" for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant and he was posthumously promoted to that rank.
Barb Blackmore, a pharmacy technician at a Lewisburg drug store, is a volunteer with Moms on a Mission, a Marshall County organization that keeps track of military servicemen and women from their community. She said Golczynski is well-remembered in Lewisburg for his activities at Marshall County High School.
He was a member of the school's wrestling team and in the brass section of the school's band.
While Golczynski and his wife, Heather, are divorced, they remained close, according to Jill Golczynski. Heather is raising the couple's 8-year-old son, Christian, at her home in Crofton, Md., near Baltimore.
The Marine's brother, Jon, said Marc was thoughtful about other people's lives and "because he was going to be out of pocket on Monday," he telephoned his brother on Sunday to wish him happy birthday.
Sgt. Golczynski had been one of the first employees of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Tullahoma where he worked with Heather, according to the Marine's step-father, Bob Huffines. The restaurant chain transferred him to Louisville, Ky., for more experience and he was a manager who returned to work in Middle Tennessee locations of Ruby Tuesday.
Most recently, he had become a sales representative for his father's printing business in Murfreesboro.
Sgt. Golczynski was a resident of Murfreesboro when he began his second tour of duty in Iraq last summer. He previously stayed with his mother and step-father in Moore County while working again at Ruby Tuesday.
Herrmann said, "At the time of his death, Sgt. Golczynski was serving as a squad leader with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment.
"Prior to his deployment to Iraq, he was assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment," she said. "His passing will be deeply felt by all of the Marines and Sailors within 1st Battalion, and most especially by those who knew him well in Bravo Co."