Cpl Dane Michael David Freedman, 25, left this world on Friday December 13, 2013. Dane is survived by his parents Donnamarie and Ronald Freedman of Camp Hill. He graduated from Camp Hill High School in 2007, and left for the Marine Corps.
Dane was proud to be a Marine and served a combat tour in lraq and a combat tour in Afghanistan as an adept machine gunner. While in the Marine Corps, Dane achieved the rank of Corporal and the following awards: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (x2); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; lraq Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan; Rifle Expert Badge. Upon returning home in 2011, he attended Penn State University main campus during the Fall semester. His lifelong dream ended too soon when he started noticing his symptoms of PTSD were becoming too overwhelming to go on for his second semester. Unfortunately, Dane could not leave the battle behind when he returned home from Afghanistan. He fought an internal battle with PTSD every day. 20 days after the sudden death of his 14 month old service dog Lager, he took his own life to end that battle.
Dane will always be remembered for his infectious smile and his ability to light up any room, his brave sense of adventure and his caring spirit. Fellow Marines have said that he was brave and always knew what to do and say to motivate them in times of trouble. ln his short 25 years of life, Dane touched the lives and souls of hundreds of people that are better for knowing him.
ln addition to his parents, Dane is survived by a large loving family that includes his sisters Rachelle Freedman, Nicole Freedman and Jessica Freedman all of Camp Hill; his brother Daniel Freedman, his wife Stephanie and their daughter Kady Grace of Carlisle and his sister Dr. Beth Freedman of Palmyra. His girlfriend Kristina Miller of Gardners; his paternal grandmother Ruth Freedman-Nicholson and her husband Nick; his maternal grandmother Thelma Sersch-Detwiler all of Camp Hill; his god parents, Lou and Julie Puliti; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.