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Chris Whittemore

Chris Whittemore

Staff Sergeant
U.S. Marine Corps
Warrior Open Participant 2014

Staff Sergeant Christopher Whittemore graduated from Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in September 1995.  Upon completion, he reported to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines as a Machine Gunner.  Whittemore deployed to a UDP (2) to Okinawa, Japan while with 3/3 and completed missions such as training with Korean Marines and deployed to Cambodia attached to SOTG.  

In August 1999, he was honorably discharged and moved to Houston, Texas.  In February 2003, Whittemore completed training as a Texas State Trooper and worked as a State Trooper until August 2004 when he re-enlisted into the Marine Corps.

After re-enlistment, Whittemore was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Weapons Company as an Infantry Machine Gunner, but LAT moved to Scout Sniper Platoon.  In September 2005, Whittemore deployed to Iraq with the Scout Sniper Team of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.  He returned home and was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Weapons Company. He deployed again to Iraq in January 2007.

While on his second tour, Whittemore re-enlisted, completed a lateral move UH-1 Crew Chief, and received orders to HMLA/T 303 at Camp Pendleton, CA.  In January 2008, he was diagnosed with combat related PTS and briefly received treatment.  In April 2010, Whittemore was assigned to HMLA-369 as a UH-1Y Crew Chief and deployed to Afghanistan and completed 400 flight hours and multiple missions including supporting troops on the ground, medevac, and convoy security.

His awards include Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Recruiting Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign, National Defense, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the ISAF ribbon.

Whittemore retired from the Marine Corps in July 2015.  Prior to retirement, he was able to represent the United States in the inaugural Invictus Games in London competing in wheelchair rugby.  The team won the silver medal.  Since retiring, Whittemore has earned his bachelors of science degree in Criminal Justice and will finish his Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology in May 2018.  He has been working as an intelligence analyst and will be moving jobs to begin working as a special investigator for the Child Protected Services.