Our first Nux4Life Shadow T-Shirt is a tribute honoring the Marines of 3rd Battalion 7th Marines and Marine Scout Sniper, Corporal Claudio Patiño IV. Claudio was killed in action during combat operations while assigned to 3/7 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The design for this t-shirt is taken from a photograph of the Marines raising the American Flag while deployed overseas.
In the midst of a fierce firefight a platoon of Kilo Marines glanced to a lone hilltop to see the American flag waving from a transformer pole in the distance.
There was a small team of Marines raising the banner of our nation, which was being pocked with enemy fire. It was the snipers of Shadow, covered in the grime of combat.
The fierce morale of the warrior was lifted when the Kilo Marines saw the Stars and Stripes in the distance. The phrase, “That’s f*cking awesome,” made its way through their ranks at the spectacular bravery of that small team of men. The picture in the t-shirt was taken by one of the Kilo Marines. Patiño is in it.
The battle was won.
One day later, two taliban made their way to that hilltop to lay a booby-trap at the site of the flag raising. They were found, and efficiently engaged by an element of the Shadow sniper team. It was an engagement which would claim the life of our brother, Claudio Patino. He died on the exact same spot that he raised the flag, and he passed from this world leaving a legacy of strength, cunning, skill, and bravery.
It was an honor to know such a man.”