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Old 12 August 2019, 08:48
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Old 12 August 2019, 15:42
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Old 12 August 2019, 17:08
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Old 12 August 2019, 17:13
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Old 12 August 2019, 21:41
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Was my instructor in 84 at SSIS. A damn fine Marine and a hell of a man. I was glad to say I learned a lot from him . Especially his emphasis on mission planning. I am sure he is giving me a big wong from where ever he is now.
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Old 13 August 2019, 21:44
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RIP, Gunny.

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Old 14 August 2019, 23:19
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Old 15 August 2019, 21:24
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Old 20 August 2019, 03:19
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I waited to post until I had independent verification since none of us who were in his circle of friends heard anything and it seemed too hard to believe.

Shak has been my friend for decades. He was a visionary, tactical expert and all around great dude. When serving in 3d Recon Bn we did some really great things plus burned through some crazy weekends.

Years later when I was running the special missions branch, I'd bring him in to speak to the urban sniper students. After 911 when working a project that required extremely long range rifle skills in a mountainous environment, Dave was the guy I bounced ideas off of

I often scoff at all the Marines who claim to have been the driving force or experts of the Marine sniper lineage when most of their ideas are things Dave quietly pioneered long before they ever laid behind gun.

I have a 100 stories of his genius as well as his liberty risk activities, but they're for later.

Rest in Peace Brother.
RIP Marine. Thank you for your service. Prayers for family and friends.

SilverBullet sorry for your loss you also are in my prayers.
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Old 20 August 2019, 10:23
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Old 21 August 2019, 18:30
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Old 23 August 2019, 17:58
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Old 30 August 2019, 12:01
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He was. When I checked into 2/2 and reported to him they had just humped out of the field and were preparing alphas for a inspection that morning. Gave him my orders and he stood up from his desk wearing a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops amd nothing else. Was sitting with a fishing tackle box of ribbons and deciding which ones to wear because his jump wings and bubble were dang near top of his shoulder. He was a great leader, no nonsense, fair, funny and took care of us. There wasnt alot of paper pushing for screw ups, you paid by pain from flutter kicks and endless sungods . Ended every formation with "stay alert, stay alive". Heard a few stories one in particular something to do with chickens in okinawa. He was a good one that didnt so much care about the rank on his collars than making us better. Spoke to him probably 5 years ago or so while he was still at dos. Another from 2/2 same time was gunny tyler from sta plt. That cancer took a few years ago. Both were amazing leaders from a old school that needs retaught to alot today
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Old 5 October 2019, 06:17
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Potomac, Virginia — David J. Pshak, age 61, passed away on August 8th, 2019 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Memorial Hospital.

David J. Pshak is survived by his wife, Maria, three children: Dorothy Towne, Carmen Landreville, and Jimmy Ott. He also leaves behind his brother, Doug Pshak, and his sister, Sally Roach. David was the loving Grandfather of eight grandchildren; Ana Dupler, Andrea Landreville, Joseph Landreville, Priscilla Allen, Krystal Towne, Brittany Ott, James Ott, and Madison Ott. He was also the Great Grandfather of Heming Dupler and Lukas Allen.

David was a patriot who retired after twenty years as a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the United States Department of State after serving eighteen years. He is a veteran of the Gulf War and the Haiti Intervention where he earned duty medals including the Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, as well as other awards and citations for his commitment to our nation.

David grew up in Streator, Illinois and is the son of Jerome “Babe” Pshak and Sharon Pshak. As a teenager and a graduate from Streator Township High School, class of 1975, he was actively involved in sports including Wrestling and Football. He was dedicated to being part of a team and never missed practice. His dedication to his teammates can be directly attributed to his work ethic and his natural leadership ability. His attention to detail was legendary and he took pride in the fact that he always instructing others and was proud of being a member of the Scout Sniper Instructor School in Quantico, Virginia and working with the State Department to train and educate others.

The discipline and patriotism he demonstrated while serving in the Marine Corps never left him, as friends and family will attest.

Funeral services will be conducted at Quantico National Cemetery sometime in March 2020. The family will provide specific information, as they get closer to the date of the funeral service. The family has provided the following email to provide condolences and/or stories for David Pshak at:
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Old 5 October 2019, 07:06
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Lest we forget.......
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Old 29 January 2020, 08:50
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RIP My Brother, Dave was a great Marine and Man, I served with him at 3rd Recon and stayed in touch over the years. Made occasional visits to my pad on the Strand in O'Side where lots of beer was consumed. I will be attending the services in March at Quantico and will be providing that information to the Recon Brotherhood so I am sure there will be a lot of Brothers in attendance. I also learned to appreciate good scotch with Dave, and I toasted a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue in his Honor.
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Old 29 January 2020, 22:32
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Yarg, I thought you were going to push out the funeral/burial info you passed on e-mail today. Not to step on your toes but here it is:

DAVID J PSHAK 1957 - 2019
Funeral services will be held March 20 2020 2:00PM at:
Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Rd
Triangle VA 22172

Reception to follow will be held March 20 2020 4:00 to 6:00PM at
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle VA 22172

RIP, Guns.
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