A hero from CrossFit Boston -- RIP Christian Charles Major

June 26, 2009

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
-- George Orwell (alternately attributed to Winston Churchill)

[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Christian sucking it up at BUD/S in Coronado back in the day"]Christian sucking it up at BUD/S in Coronado back in the day[/caption]

Those of us in civilian life owe a debt of gratitude to our brethren in the military who've made many sacrifices this past decade. In addition to being rough men ready to do violence, a surprising number are also kind men ready to do good. Christian embodied both capabilities.

A former soldier, who was working as a private security contractor in Afghanistan, Christian passed away two weeks ago (from non combat related causes). Babatim over on the blog FreeRangeInternational.com describes working with Christian:

I instantly became a big fan of his when I saw him interacting with the local beggar kids on our first morning together. He had exceptional language skills, he was a very big and very fit guy, had an infectious smile, great sense of humor and like all the good guys in my line of work a tender heart. As many of us do he sponsored children from the slums paying them to go to school. Unlike many of us he followed up on his investment ensuring unscrupulous family members did not take the money from his charges and force them to beg in other parts of the city. Christian Major was a good man

I met Christian only once, a year-and-a-half ago during the week between X-mas and New Year's, when he was on leave in town. Although he was doing another workout, he came over (without my asking) to spot a 135# bar while I was doing floor wipes.

This is of a piece with the things those who knew him better have written. He didn't have to break his workout and I could have struggled through the sets myself. But, it was the gesture of a good guy.

Neal Thompson of CrossFit Boston
put together a Hero WOD to honor the memory of Christian.

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NB--Originally this post made the mistake of identifying Christian as a "former SEAL". While he did attend BUD/S, he did not finish the course. Thanks to the friend of Christian's, who was in the Army and at BUD/S with him, for pointing this out. Please note that Christian never claimed to be a SEAL; that was my mistake alone.

Nonetheless, as his friend noted "Christian had several friends that were SEAL's and they have told me that they thought of him as a special operator, as do I. The guy was amazing. He has done more things in a combat theater than most special operations guys I know personally, but he wasn't qualified [as a SEAL]."



6 Responses

Scott
Scott

June 07, 2011

Its with sad regret that I write this so late. Im the guy standing next to Christian under the boat in the picture above. I was proud to call him my friend in the time I knew him. We went through boot camp about the same time and and went through BUDs the first time together and then went to Puerto Rico after. We went back to BUDs together and unfortunately he didnt make it through. That doesnt change the kind of man he was though. He was a great guy. I lost touch with him after our second trip to BUDs together but I talked with him again years later. I only wish I would have kept in better touch with him. We had some great times together. I will miss him and hope to see him again some day. My heart goes out to his family. God Bless his soul.

R
R

July 12, 2010

I was a seal and graduated Class 230. Major was one of my good buddies up until the point he left buds. I never talked with him after that. He was a very tough individual and make no mistake about it, he had everything it took to pass BUD/s. Things don’t always workout the way we planned.

When I tell stories of HellWeek and BUDs I still talk about him. I had no idea he passed on. God bless his love ones.

RIP Major..

Kelse
Kelse

December 05, 2010

If he was or wasn’t does not matter, he made through hell week and as his former coach I was proud of him and when he came back and told me why he got booted I had to laugh. SOB never changed and I loved him for it. I miss you so much little brother.

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Chad
Chad

July 05, 2009

Can you please e-mail me regarding this post. I would like to discuss it with you. Christian was a very good friend of mine. Thank you.

A friend of "The Major"
A friend of "The Major"

July 08, 2009

Mark,

Thank you for making the change. He would appreciate it.
Christian Major was not a SEAL. He finished hell week in class 230, but did not finish the course. What happened really doesn’t matter. I’m not trying to cause any trouble or tarnish his reputation, but like I said I know how the communities work. Christian had several friends that were SEAL’s and they have told me that they thought of him as a special operator, as do I. The guy was amazing. He has done more things in a combat theater than most special operations guys I know personally, but he wasn’t qualified.

Christian would appreciate me doing this. I knew him well. I believe that it is important for this to be known, because the last thing I want for my friend is for someone to talk negatively about him, based on the wrong information.

One last thing, I really appreciate this article you wrote about my friend. He was like a brother to me. I just want the correct information written about him. He had a notorious reputation and most people thought he was crazy but loveable. He was a good man that sucked the marrow out of life.

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