June 3

Lance Cpl. Todd J. Lee Bolding, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on June 5 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Todd J. Bolding, 23, of Manvel, Texas, died June 3 of wounds received due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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The Facts -- MANVEL -— Family and friends are grieving the loss of Lance Cpl. Todd J. Bolding, a Marine from Manvel killed Thursday in Iraq. “We’re just trying to cope right now,” said his mother, Luella Bolding, at the family’s home. The family learned the 23-year-old Marine died Thursday as a result of wounds suffered from hostile action in Iraq’s Anbar Province. The family did not know any other details, said his sister, Joslyn Bolding, 27. Bolding joined the Marines in May 2001, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was deployed to Iraq in early March and had nine months left to serve, his sister said. The youngest of three children, Bolding grew up in Manvel and graduated from Alvin High School in 2000. There, he excelled as an athlete, having competed in varsity football, baseball and track, his sister said. Her brother also nurtured his spiritual life with his involvement in church, Joslyn Bolding said. But Joslyn Bolding will remember her brother the most for his devotion to his family. “Through calling and always being there, whatever we needed, he was always there,” she said. During her brother’s three years of service, Joslyn Bolding saw her brother develop a stronger sense of duty and accomplishment, she said. Bolding planned to settle in the Houston area and attend college upon completing his military service. One of his career interests was in health professions, Bolding said. Bolding is survived by his parents, Luella and James Bolding, his older brother, Keith, and sister Joslyn, all of Manvel. Funeral services will be Friday at Sugar Valley Baptist Church in Houston.

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