Marine DI Motorcyclist Honored After His Death for Saving Two Commuters
Heroism in Tragedy.
SAN DIEGO, CA — Most of our viewers know that Michael Ehline attended MCRDSD as a young Marine recruit. As such, Michael is a motorcycle lawyer, motorcyclist, and avid supporter of all things Marine Corps. So when he heard about the death of the San Diego-based Marine Corps. Drill Instructor Sgt. Gary Wilson's motorcycle riding death, he took it especially hard.
"What is so sad," said Ehline, is:
"He rescued two women in a fiery car crash earlier in the year, and then met his own fate in a Freeway crash on the same motorcycle he used when he rescued those two ladies who certainly would have burned alive."
DI Sergeant Wilson hailed from Fairfield, Connecticut. After saving the two women, he was recommended for a Navy and Marine Corps Medal. This is the highest noncombat military decoration for heroism awarded by the Department of the U.S. Navy.
The facts relate that Wilson died in a motorcycle accident on the I-15 in Temecula, November 16, 2018, just a few days ago! After he passed away the award was granted posthumously.
How Did Drill Instructor Sergeant Wilson Earn The Award Commendation?
As discussed, Wilson earned his award in recognition of saving two ladies on state Route 163 in the Miramar last summer, Sept. 18. Wilson, 33 years old at the time, was operating his motorcycle, Northbound on the San Diego Freeway. The DI approached the scene of a two-car crash with one vehicle burning and the other under threat of a brush fire.
The brave Marine pulled two women from the desolation at great risk to himself. Typical of Marines, he ran to the sound of the danger. The good news is that he survived at that time to fight another day. But then he died in a motorcycle crash later. A sad story indeed.
During Wilson's memorial service, the C/O of the 3d RTBN, USMC, Lt. Col. David Becker, said that Sergeant Wilson had “positively affected thousands of lives.”
Light Colonel Becker went on to say:
“Former President Ronald Reagan once said that some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world,” Becker said. “Marines don’t have that problem, and Sergeant Wilson doesn’t have that problem.”
Ooohrah to that, Lt. Colonel Becker!
What Does Sgt. Wilson's Posthumous Commendation Say?
In part, the citation reads:
“Without regard for his own safety and at great risk to his life from the quickly spreading flames, intense heat, smoke, and the possibility of explosion, Sergeant Wilson broke the passenger side window with his elbow, reached his body into the burning and smoke-filled car, and pulled out the trapped woman,” the citation reads. “Moments later, the car was engulfed in flames. Wilson then returned to the second car. After finding the doors stuck and the woman driver trapped by airbags, and the brush fire encroaching, he pried open the door, pulled out the woman, and carried her to safety.“By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Sgt. Wilson prevented the loss of life, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”
How Can You Donate Money To DI Sergeant Wilson's Surviving Family?
We are still looking for a Go Fund Me page. But we do know you can reach out to The West Coast Drill Instructors Association. They have already donated a brick displaying Wilson’s name so it can be added to the Drill Instructor Monument at the recruit depot near Lindbergh Field. In fact, this is near Wilson's original duty station.
If you cannot find a place to send his family donations, Michael Ehline said he is willing to assist in any way he can to make that happen for them. "Marines help Marines, that's what we do," Ehline said.
He Will Be Missed!
Wilson was an enlisted Marine. He joined the Corps in March 2010. Wilson served in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton. He also has a global war on terrorism ribbon, among others. The Marine became assigned to MCRD as a drill instructor back in March 2016. His other awards include two Good Conduct Ribbons, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and a National Defense Service Medal.
He met his end in a motorcycle crash. Marines use motorcycles because they are cheap and easy to store when deployed. But they are very dangerous. So let this be a warning to you young Marines. Even heroes are not exempt from a motorcycle accident. Semper Fidelis Drill Instructor Sergeant Wilson! Oooohrah!
Late Marine Honored for Lifesaving Acts at Freeway Crash - Times of San Diego.
Late Marine honored for lifesaving acts at freeway crash - Fox 5 San Diego.
Need a civil injury lawyer closer to you? Reach out to a:Bus Accident lawyer in Newport Beach, CA, Redondo Beach Bicycle Pathway Accident Lawyers, Marina del Rey, CA accident lawyers near you.
Practice Area Information
- Amtrak Injury Attorney
- Armored Vehicles
- ATV Injuries
- Auto "Turo" Accident
- Auto Door Latch Defects
- Auto Loaner Accident
- Auto Rental Accident
- Bad Weather Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Crash FAQs
- Bicycle Helmet Laws
- Big Rig Truck Accident
- Brain Injury
- Broken Ankle Attorney
- Broken Pelvis Attorney
- California Motorcycle Attorneys
- Car Accident - Negligent Entrustment
- Car Accidents
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Work
- Cement Truck Accident
- Child Bicycle Passengers
- Child Bike Injuries
- Cold Tire Motorcycle Accidents
- Common Bicycle Injuries
- Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
- Common Motorcycle Rider Injuries
- Construction Accident
- Defective Automobile
- Defective Brakes
- Defective Glass Claims
- Defective Seat-Backs
- Deglove Injury Attorney
- Delivery Vehicle Accidents
- DHL Accidents
- Dimished Value Property Claims
- DUI Motorcycle Accidents
- Electric Vehicle Accident
- Electrical Death and Injury
- Eye Injuries
- Fault in Truck Accidents
- FedEx Truck Accidents
- Glossary Trucking Law Terms
- Government Claims - Pothole Accidents
- GrubHub Accidents
- Industry - Crane Lifts
- Industry - Wood Chippers/Shredders
- Insurance Q & A Video
- L.A. and U.S. Traffic Accident Statistics
- Los Angeles Defective Trailer Hitch Injury Lawyers
- Military Bus Accident Attorney
- Motor Vehicle Ejections
- Motorcycle Accident
- Motorcycle Accident Government Claims
- Motorcycle Accident Resources
- Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Motorcycle Accident Terms and Phrases
- Motorcycle Defects
- Motorcycle Fracture Injury
- Motorcycle Head On Collisions
- Motorcycle Hit And Run Accidents in L.A.
- Motorcycle Injury Statistics
- Motorcycle Lane Splitting Collisions
- Motorcycle Left Hand Turn Accidents
- Motorcycle Passenger Injury
- Motorcycle Speeding Collisions
- Motorcycle Spinal Cord Injuries
- Motorcycle Wrongful Death
- Open Car Door Injuries
- Opioid Lawsuit Attorney
- Orthopaedic Injury
- Overexertion Attorneys
- Parking Structure Incident Attorney
- Postal Truck Accident
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Product Defect & Recall
- Rental Car Reimbursment
- Ridesharing - Lyft Accidents
- Road Rage
- School Bus Accident
- Seven Most Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident
- Smoke & Heat Inhalation
- Snapchat Distracted Driving
- Soft Tissue Cases
- Spine Compression
- Sudden Stop Motorcycle Collisions
- SUV Rollover
- Taxi Cab Injury
- Teenaged Motorcyclist Accidents
- Testimonials of Wounded Riders
- Tips: Left Hand Turn Crash Avoidance
- Tour Bus Accident Attorney
- Tractor And Trailer
- Traffic Accident - DUI/Drunk Driver
- Traffic Accident - Hit and Run