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SgtMaj Robert "RJ" Cottle and LCpl Rick Centanni, KIA March 24, 2010

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LCpl Rick Centanni Hunting the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

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LCpl Rick Centanni on the forward edge of our Nation's defense

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Yorba Linda residents line the streets to honor their hometown heroes

Rick Centanni Memorial Fund

Semper Fidelis and Welcome to RCMF

This site is dedicated to the memory of our beloved son, brother and friend; United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Rick Joseph Centanni, H&S Company, Jump Platoon, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (4th LAR), 4th Marine Division (4th Mar Div), United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR).

Rick was killed in action March 24, 2010 when his Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) struck a roadside bomb in the Marjah region of southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on the Pakistani border in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Rick’s hometown friend and mentor; Marine Sergeant Major Robert J. Cottle, was in the same LAV and was also killed in action.

Rick, Robert and their fellow Marines sacrificed their today for our tomorrow and for this we will remain eternally grateful. We will never forget you, your sacrifice or your fallen comrades.

Beloved Son & Friend

Rick was born and raised in Yorba Linda and attended Esperanza High School where he played football. After graduation, Rick enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.  Read more Here

Memorial Scholarship

With the help of generous donations and the assistance of Esperanza High School, a memorial scholarship fund has been established in honor of Rick so his name will live on at his alma mater, in our community and in our hearts.

Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K Run/Walk

article_5kHelp keep Rick and Robert’s spirit alive by participating in the annual Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K Run/Walk. To sponsor or volunteer for this memorial event, please contact us at 951.870.5094 or email:

The next Centanni-Cottle 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 9:00.

Registration & Information Page

The RCMF Team

Friends of the RCMF