BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) - Fellow U.S Marines, stationed both locally and overseas, are remembering their mentor and friend, Gunnery Sergeant Terrance Gober II. He tragically passed away in the early hours of his 35th birthday in a fatal car accident January 2.
For someone like Lance Corporal Dakota Clere, who once walked into the Beckley Recruiting Office to find out more on how to become a U.S Marine, Gunnie Gober was the first face he saw and trusted.
"I met Gunny Gober in the recruiting office when I decided to join the Marine Corp," LCpl Clere said. "He always strived for 100%, he always gave 100% he never took anything and he never asked of anything else from anybody."
Gunnery Sergeant Gober was from Kansas and served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since 2016, he had been serving in Beckley as canvasing recruiter working with men, like Staff Sergeant Kevin McKenzie, before becoming an organizational leader for the Marine Corps at the Beckley Military Entrance Processing Station.
"He was a recruiter when I met him and just the individuals that he recruited looked up to him," Sgt. McKenzie said. "They followed him. He was an inspiration to them and a great leader, and he was that for me as well."
When he was not in uniform, Gober dedicated his time to his son and wife. Commanding Officer Major Charles Miller is certain that, while his fellow Marines will miss him, his family and those who knew him in the community, are who needs comfort right now.
"His role for us as a Marine leader, and really just as a good man, a Marine, a husband and a father, is going to be felt, not just across our organization, but the Beckley community," MAJ Miller said.