Jesse Daniel Tillery
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps
RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 1227-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2006
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DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Corporal Jesse D. Tillery, 19, of Vesper, Wisconsin, died December 2, 2006, from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.Tillery was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
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5 December 2006:
A Wisconsin Marine killed in Iraq was fascinated with the military from childhood and had two brothers serving with the Army - one also on active duty in Iraq and the other a veteran of two tours there, family friends say.
Lance Corporal Jesse D. Tillery, 19, of Vesper, Wisconsin, in rural Wood County, died Saturday from wounds suffered during combat in Al Anbar province, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday.
Martin Tillery, Jesse's father, said he was told his son was in a vehicle with three other Marines when an accident happened.
"We don't want to take attention away from the other crewmen that were injured," he said. "Three other crewmen were injured and they should be remembered in our prayers."
He said he was waiting for his children to return home before commenting further.
The Rev. Milt Van Natta, pastor and Tillery's Sunday school teacher at Baker Street Community Church, said Jesse had a sister, Joelle, and two brothers, James and Jared.
He said Jared is serving in Iraq, and James has served two terms and is due to go back next summer. James and Jared are in the Army.
"I think that's important because this family is sacrificing as much for this cause as any family I can think of," Van Natta said. "I think that says a lot about the character of the family."
Tillery graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 2005, Principal Gus Mancuso said, declining further comment until Tuesday.
Tyler Hamel, 19, who also graduated from Lincoln in 2005 and now attends the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, said he and Tillery were best friends from the second to sixth grades before losing touch somewhat in later years.
"I just knew that he was a great guy once you got to know him," he said.
In their grade-school years, "most of the time we always played like war games that he made up," Hamel said. "He had a lot of war action figurines and ships and stuff. He'd always have this imagination and made up new games.
"It was his dream to go in the military," he said.
Tillery was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Staff Sergeant Timothy Edwards, a spokesman at Camp Lejeune, said Tillery joined the Marines in August 2005 and was a crewman on an amphibious assault vehicle. Tillery, who was single, joined the 2nd Battalion in February and was deployed to Iraq in September, Edwards said.
"His unit is working in conjunction with Iraqi forces," Edwards said.
Tyler Hamel's father, Dave Hamel of Wisconsin Rapids, remembered Tillery as the polite, conscientious youth he hired to help plant some trees and do haying on his farm when Tillery was just entering high school. He talked to Tillery again later when he was about to graduate.
Tillery, whose father is a truck driver, was "kind of quiet" but really polite, Hamel said. "He called me 'Mr. Hamel.' He was really very polite compared to a lot of kids his age."
Tillery is the 63rd Marine or soldier from
Wisconsin to die in Iraq since U.S. troops invaded the country in March
2003 to topple President Saddam Hussein.
Lance Corporal Jesse Tillery of Vesper will be getting one of the highest honors for a fallen soldier.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
A Spokesman for the Baker Street Community Church in Wisconsin Rapids tells us the 19-year-old will be laid to rest there on Wednesday, December 13, 2006.
His local funeral will be held at the church this Saturday, December, 9 at 3 pm.
Tillery died of injuries suffered in combat in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq last Saturday.
TILLERY, JESSE DANIEL
Thank you so much. Best, Gretchen Shoemaker
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