ABINGTON, Mass. —The second Massachusetts Marine in two weeks has been killed in action in Afghanistan. Sgt. Daniel Vasselian, 27, of Abington, was killed Monday, his family said. He was ambushed, two days before Christmas, as he was getting off a Humvee, they said. “I do know he volunteered for this mission after just coming back from a 3-day mission because he didn’t want to see anybody in his platoon get hurt and this is where it ended up,” said his father, Mark Vasselian. Vasselian’s death came on the same day Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez, of Fairhaven, was buried. Family members said this was Vasselian’s third combat tour of duty. He had served both in Iraq and Afghanistan after his enlistment in 2006.”I do know on this third tour that he took responsibility for each and every person under his belt and he had a lot of young men working under him,” said his father.Vasselian had just celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary, having married his high school sweetheart, Erin Doyle, who also grew up in Abington.Vasselian was a 2004 graduate of Abington High School.
So I briefly blogged this story on Christmas Day, but it was before Sgt. Vasselian’s Go Fund Me page had been set up. Well as many Stoolies know Abington is kind of like my adopted 2nd hometown because that’s where my wife is from and I lived there for 5 years before moving to the Dot. Not to mention the fact that I’m a borderline a HOF member of Brownies Beer Die which also takes place in Abington. So naturally lots of people I know knew Sgt. Vasselian personally and have been asking for me to post the info how to donate to Vasselian’s family. Absolute no brainer. And honestly it doesn’t matter where in New England he is from. It’s always incredibly sad to lose a hero who was serving to protect this country. So please take time to donate whatever you can and help show our appreciation for his service. Sgt. Vasselian is gone, but certainly not forgotten. A true American hero in every sense of the word. Thank you for the service and sacrifice. RIP.