September 24
2004



Lance Cpl. Aaron Boyles, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 23 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Boyles, 24, of Alameda, Calif., died Sept. 22 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Boyles was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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KGW.com -- HOOD RIVER, Oregon -- A Marine who grew up in Hood River was killed in Iraq before he could get the chance to meet his infant son, according to family members. Just days before his death, friends said the 24-year-old Marine phoned his wife in the San Francisco Bay area with disappointing news that his leave had been canceled because he had to stay in Iraq to fulfill a special mission. It would be the last time they spoke. Boyles died with three other Marines on Sept. 24. He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Before moving to California, Boyles lived in Hood River and some of his close friends still reside in Oregon. They said he will be greatly missed. The due date for Boyles’ son is Oct. 17.

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Oakland Tribune -- HAYWARD, California -- Family pictures show Aaron Boyles wearing a giddy grin on his wedding day, his face covered in cake. In another photo, his arms reach around his wife, cradling his unborn baby. And on his tour of duty in Iraq, he's wearing dusty utilities, clutching a machine gun. The pictures are memories now. They are all family and friends have left of Marine Lance Cpl. Boyles, killed by an explosion in Iraq's Al Anbar Province on Sept. 24. About 300 family members, friends and fellow Marines crammed Chapel of the Chimes funeral home Wednesday morning to say goodbye to Boyles at an emotional service. "He said, 'It's my job. It's what I need to do,'" said Boyles' older sister, Anna Schneider, recalling what he said when he told her he would be leaving for Iraq. "I know I'm the proudest sister in the world." Boyles, a 1998 graduate of Newark Memorial High School, would have been 25 today. His wife, Prabha Boyles, had to be escorted past a throng of guests and news reporters to the front of the standing-room-only chapel. She is nine months pregnant with the couple's first child, whom she plans to name Brendon Aaron. Many who came Wednesday had worked with Boyles and his wife at Wal-Mart in Union City, where they met. They were married July 4, 2003, a date Boyles picked as a symbol of his patriotism. Boyles' tough and fearless courage was evident the day he earned a Purple Heart, Warfield said. He was driving the lead vehicle in a convoy through the desert when his truck hit a land mine. Boyles helped his injured gunner to safety, then calmly collected his equipment from the truck. I can still see the look on his face, Warfield said. The look on his face as he crossed the road to relative safety. He was smiling. He had this big grin on his face. ... This was the strength of Lance Cpl. Boyles. When Warfield gave the OK for evacuation, he said, Boyles declined. He climbed into my vehicle, and we continued our mission, he said. Boyles' two older sisters shared stories of their brother, who loved watching "The Dukes of Hazzard" as a kid and chewing tobacco as an adult and who lived off frozen pizza, canned chili and beer when he got his own place. Angel Boyles said that when she attended her brother's graduation from boot camp, "I saw the man he had become. I saw a man with dedication and purpose." Described as a sleeping hero with uncommon strength of character, Boyles was one of many dedicated military men who believe that freedom is not just for some people. It is for everybody, Warfield said.

Sgt. Timothy Folmar, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 23 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. Timothy Folmar, 21, of Sonora, Texas. died Sept. 22 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Folmar was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 23 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, 20, of Suffolk, N.Y. died Sept. 22 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Folmar was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

2nd Lieutenant Ryan Leduc, USMC

The Department of Defense announced on September 23 the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2nd Lieutenant Ryan Leduc, 28, of Pana, Ill. died Sept. 22 as result of a non-combat vehicle accident in Rutbah, Iraq. Leduc was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



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