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CAMP HURRICANE POINT Ar Ramadi, Iraq (April 6, 2005) - Corporal Tyler S. Trovillion, a grenadier and team leader with 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, had the pleasure of meeting General Michael ? Haggee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, here April 6. Lance Cpl. Dion M. Whitley, a machine gunner in Trovillion's squad, looks on while positioned in the turret of a Humvee. Trovillion, 23, of Richardson, Texas, and Whitley, 21, of Pasadena, Calif., and three of their 3rd Squad comrades were killed June 15 when an improvised explosive device detonated underneath their Humvee. A Navy Corpsman with the infantry battalion died the same day in a different incident. The brave warriors were honored with a memorial ceremony at Camp Hurricane Point June 23. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

Photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan

1/5 honors fallen Richardson, Texas Marine with memorial

23 Jun 2005 | Cpl. Tom Sloan

First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment was dealt a terrible blow June 15 when six of its brave warriors – five Marines and one Navy Corpsman – were killed in the city while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Corporal Tyler S. Trovillion was among those valiant men who fell on the urban battlefield that day. Marines and Sailors with the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., based infantry battalion honored the 23-year-old from Richardson, Texas, and his comrades June 23 with a memorial ceremony in the mess hall of their base here. Trovillion, a grenadier and team leader, died alongside four comrades from 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company A – Cpl. Jesse Jaime and Lance Cpls. Chad B. Maynard, Dion M. Whitley and Jonathan R. Flores – when an improvised explosive device exploded directly underneath their Humvee. The 2000 Plano East High School graduate and his “Alpha” Marines were conducting a mission through a portion of their company’s area of operations when the IED detonated. Petty Officer 2nd Class Cesar O. Baez, a corpsman with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines Jump Platoon, was killed in a separate incident the same day by an enemy sniper. Navy Lt. Aaron T. Miller, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines’ chaplain, started the service by delivering the invocation. Trovillion’s friend and platoon member, Lance Cpl. Ben A. Lively, followed Miller and delivered a eulogy. The 20-year-old from Austin, Texas, said Trovillion was born in Colorado but proudly claimed Texas as home. “He was always the first to remind you that he was raised a Texan,” Lively said. Lively added that Trovillion was an outstanding Marine. “He was a Marine unlike any I’ve seen,” he said. “He proudly wore his uniform, had incredible bearing and his attention to detail was unreal.” According to Lively, Trovillion’s meticulous nature and attention to detail saved many Marines’ lives during his two deployments to Iraq. “In Fallujah last year he spotted countless weapon caches when no one else could see them,” Lively recalled before pausing to clear his throat and wipe his tear-filled eyes. “Here in Ramadi he found where several IEDs were buried.” Lively continued to say that Trovillion had an uncanny eye for uncovering hidden enemy material. He discovered the threats and diverted his Marines, which saved their lives. According to Lively, Trovillion was a caring friend to his fellow Marines and strangers and would go to great lengths to please others. “He was a great friend,” he said. “You could ask anything of him, and he would find a way to make it happen. He would run through a brick wall for you.” Lively shared a recent memory he had when Trovillion demonstrated his keen attention to detail and selflessness. “One weekend just before deployment we were leaving base to go to the city,” he recalled. “We were pulled up at a stop light, and Trovillion noticed a car was parked on the side of the road with a flat tire. None of us in the car noticed it, but he did. Nothing got past him. He rolled down the window and offered to help them. He gave up his time to help them out.” Lively finished his tribute and sat down. Trovillion’s first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Tracy D. Offutt, then said the final role call. “Corporal Trovillion,” he said. There was total silence in the room. “Corporal Tyler Trovillion. Corporal Tyler S. Trovillion. Sir, Corporal Tyler S. Trovillion was killed in action 15 June while fighting in Ar Ramadi, Iraq,” he said to Company A’s commander, Capt. Kelly R. Thompson. Thompson called the audience to attention for playing of Taps. After which, everyone went before Trovillion’s memorial – a warrior’s monument comprised of his Kevlar helmet, M-16, dog tags and boots – to pay their respects.