FP’s weight room will honor Clark Schwedler
CRYSTAL FALLS—Special ceremonies will be held at Forest Park High School’s Eddie Chambers Gym on Jan. 31, just before the varsity boys basketball game against Carney-Nadeau.
The ceremony will formally dedicate and rename the school’s weight room in honor of Clark Schwedler, a 1997 Forest Park grad who became a Navy SEAL and was killed in action in 2007.
One speaker at the ceremony will be Scott Holmes, a 1996 Forest Park grad and a lifelong friend who wrote a remembrance of Schwedler. His thoughts will be copied onto a metal print that will be displayed at the weight room.
Holmes earned degrees at Ferris State and Central Michigan universities and has worked in the emergency department at the University of Michigan for the past 15 years.
Also speaking will be Mike Day, who led Schwedler’s SEAL unit and was injured in the same incident that took Schwedler’s life.
Here is what happened on April 6, 2007: SEAL Team 4 was assaulting a house in Anbar Province, Iraq, about 12 miles northeast of Fallujah. It was occupied by terrorists who had been involved in a recent downing of a Marine Medivac helicopter.
Schwedler, a petty officer second class, was shot in the neck as his team tried to enter the terrorists’ room. Two other SEALs were injured in the attack, and an Iraqi soldier involved in the joint operation was also killed.
One of those injured was Day, who led the unit and was shot 27 times. His ceramic body armor took 11 of the shots; his body took the rest. A grenade explosion knocked Day unconscious briefly. When he woke up, he realized he was still holding his pistol. He then shot the last two terrorists.