The response from my previous post regarding Corporal Kyle Wilks was overwhelming. He left so many positive impressions on so many people. Let’s keep his memory with us. I will need your help starting the first annual Kyle Wilks Christmas Toys for Tots.
His best friend wrote a note that I would like to share with you.
My name is Philip Kocinski. I am a United States Marine that served with another named Kyle Wilks. We went on two deployments together and he was my best friend in the world. He used to help me and would support me all the time.
Our first deployment together was what is called a MEU. We went all over the world and also helped with the evacuation of Lebanon in 2006. Kyle was a kind hearted helpful nice guy who would give you an organ if you needed it. I remember many times that I got myself in trouble and yelled at but afterwards he would come up to me and just say shrug that one off, everyone gets yelled at times. You just need to learn from it. There was also this one time both me and him got in trouble. It was during a battalion run for the staff and officers. We got a Humvee stuck on the edge of a pretty big cliff. We got it out in time right before our Commanding officer, Executive Officer, Sargent Major and our Gunny ran around the corner just ahead of us. We thought well we just got away from getting in trouble. We were wrong. One of our sergeants found out and our punishment was to go collect the ammo cans out of the pond that was used for one of the obstacles in the run. Now mind you that water was nasty and stank and filled with snakes. Kyle walked up to me and said that I should not go and help because it was really just his fault that this happened. He was the one driving the Humvee. Now of course I still went and helped him because that’s what Marines do. That was one of my favorite stories of him and me. It also shows what kind of man Kyle Wilks was.
Now the second deployment, we were sent to Afghanistan. For the first couple of months there, we would all hang out and just have fun joking around with everyone. But one convoy and the world lost two great men. One of them was our Sargent major and the other was Kyle. This was devastating to all of us. It was extremely hard to continue on for another six months in Afghanistan. It is still hard for me to deal with. Every day I still think about Kyle and all that he has done. I still stay in touch with all of the Marines I knew and Kyle’s family. I can never thank Kyle’s family enough for letting me have one of the best friends I have ever known. The world lost an extremely great guy. In fact both Kyle and I were thinking of going into the FBI or Homeland once we got out. In fact I’m still on track for doing just that. Right now I’m going to college for my degree and looking in on getting a job with one of them or the NSA. I just hope I can live up to his standards and make my friend proud when I finally meet him up at the pearly gates.