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Yadkin County plans salute to fallen Marine

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Daniel Freeman Swaim

YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Daniel Freeman Swaim’s job in Iraq was to breach doors as he and fellow Marines hunted for insurgents.

Swaim, a lance corporal, was killed Nov. 10, 2005, by an improvised explosive device while on a mission searching for insurgents outside Husaybah, an Iraqi town near the Syrian border that had been a refuge for al-Qaida cells. He was 19.

When friends and family back home started thinking about ways to honor the young man who had graduated from Forbush High School shortly before joining the Marine Corps, they thought of the fishing and hunting and games of paintball that he’d enjoyed so much while growing up in Yadkin County.

That’s why they’ve decided to name a new playground at Yadkin County Park in memory of Swaim. A sign that says “Daniel’s Playground” will be put up over the entrance, and a granite monument will be dedicated Monday, Memorial Day.

David Moxley, a county commissioner who was a hunter-safety coach at Forbush High School, knew Swaim from school and heard the stories he and his friends would tell about the fun they had camping and doing things in the great outdoors.

“He was a very fine young man, very respectful and loved the outdoors,” Moxley said. “Something in the county that can be named after him that’s an outdoor activity, I think he would be very proud to know that this was in his honor. It’s a real privilege to have known Daniel in his youth and when he was growing up.”

This article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.