At its second meeting Tuesday evening, the newly established Cumberland County Marine Corps League detachment voted on and approved the group’s official name.
The group has now been officially designated the Marine Corps League, Morgan W. Strader Detachment.
Strader, a graduate of Cumberland County High School, made the ultimate sacrifice November 12, 2004, while serving with the United States Marine Corps in the second battle of Fallujah.
Strader was born in Danville, Indiana, the son of Gary Strader and Linda Morgan. He spent many summers with his grandparents, Onza and Estelle Morgan, in Tennessee. After moving to Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, with his mother and stepfather at age 15, he and his family relocated to Crossville in 1998. Strader, a member of First United Methodist Church in Crossville, was a cross-country runner and wrestler at CCHS, and graduated as a member of the Class of 2000. He joined the Marines in July 2000 and served with the 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, California.
Strader was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.
While on a tour of duty in Iraq, protecting his platoon and the convoy his platoon was escorting, Sgt. Strader was killed in action November 12, 2004, while fighting in the second battle of Fallujah. He was 23.
Strader was buried with full military honors in Hebbertsburg Cemetery in Crab Orchard.