Granite Bay Marine dies in Afghanistan

Private First Class Victor A. Dew was one of four U.S. Marines killed Wednesday
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A Granite Bay man was killed Wednesday during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Private First Class Victor A. Dew, 20, was one of four U.S. Marines killed, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Marine had been deployed to Afghanistan three weeks ago. Local resident Mark Soto said a neighbor of Dew’s parents, Tom and Patty Schumacher, witnessed the arrival of the Marines, who informed the parents of their son’s death. The neighbor later confirmed the information and called Soto, whose two sons are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Soto spoke to Dew’s dad, Tom Schumacher, Friday morning. “He’s not good,” Soto said. “Obviously, he’s still in shock. We were crying. My boy is in the same unit as his son. We haven’t heard from him since (last week).” Soto, who coached Dew in football at Granite Bay High School, said the parents will receive their son’s body in New Hampshire and are supposed to return home Saturday. Soto said he heard that Dew was killed by an improvised explosive device — a bomb hidden under the dirt — although that information hasn’t been confirmed. Dew just recently got engaged to his girlfriend, Courtney Gold. He graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2008. The three other Marines killed in combat Wednesday were identified as Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, Wis.; Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, 21, of Albany, Ore.; and Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, 19, of Saint Charles, Mo. All were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton. Local support groups in Granite Bay and Roseville are assembling to assist Dew’s parents upon their return. “Many of us are planning to decorate the home with a memorial in honor of the young Marine,” Soto said. “So when the parents get home, they see their son was a hero.” ~ Sena Christian