N.C. Marine, soldier killed in Iraq fighting

The Associated PressNovember 23, 2005 

A Camp Lejeune-based Marine from Oregon died over the weekend in combat in Iraq, Marine officials said Tuesday.

And a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier from Michigan based at Fort Bragg was killed Friday in an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber in Mosul, Iraq, his parents said.

Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Troyer, 21, of Tangent, Ore., died Saturday after being shot in combat near Al Karmah, the Department of Defense said in a news release. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

A Camp Lejeune spokesman said Troyer, a machine gunner, enlisted in July 2002 and joined his unit in March. He had received an Iraqi Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and a National Defense Service Medal.

Troyer's mother, Terri Thorpe, told the Democrat Herald of Albany, Ore., that her son enlisted after graduation from high school to earn money for college.

"He gave his life for people that he didn't know," she said. "Whether he was right or wrong, or the war's right or wrong, I can't answer that. I don't expect anyone to understand how I'm feeling. I do expect them to show our guys in Iraq respect."

The Army soldier, Sgt. Anthony Yost, 39, was from Millington, Mich., and had been in the military for 19 years. He died after an explosion at a building Friday, his father, Donald Yost of Millington, told The Flint Journal.

He is survived by a daughter, Cheyenne, 13, of Clio, and a son, A.J., 2, of North Carolina, Donald Yost said. His wife, Joann, also lives in North Carolina.

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