This site is dedicated to the memory of LCpl Colton W. Rusk. Colton grew up in the small town of Orange Grove, TX with his mother, Kathy, and father, Darrell. He was one of three boys; stuck in the middle of his older brother Cody and his younger brother Brady. Colton was an all around funny guy and talented athlete. He made all-district as an offensive lineman in 2008. Colton could bring a smile to anyone's face; he even went to his prom dressed like Dumb and Dumber, haircut and all.
He always knew he wanted to be a Marine and when he graduated high school in 2009 he signed up. Colton knew the risks, one of his childhood friends, Justin, had been severely injured in 2008. Justin had to have both of his legs amputated due to injuries he received while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. Knowing this Colton still wanted to join the Corps.
Shortly after boot camp, Colton went to training in South Carolina to become a bomb dog handler. There he met his new best friend, a black Labrador retriever named Eli. From that point on Colton and Eli were inseparable. Later that year, 2010, Colton and Eli were deployed to the Helmand province in Afghanistan. Colton was with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines out of Camp Pendleton, CA.
On December 6, 2010 Colton was killed in action by a sniper. Eli rushed to Colton’s side, he even tried to bite a fellow Marine who was trying to help Colton. Colton was buried in his hometown of Orange Grove, a few miles from his parents home. A few short months after Colton’s death, the Rusk family received some good news. They were going to get to adopt Eli. Eli now lives with the Rusk family in Orange Grove and is extremely spoiled I might add.
The Rusk family continues to honor their son’s memory. They have setup a scholarship fund in Colton’s name and they hold an annual roping contest to raise money for the fund. Colton, his father, and brothers all enjoyed roping. If you would like to share stories or photos of Colton please email us.
In memory of Colton Rusk, September 23, 1990- December 6, 2010.