Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin D. Desilets
From: Elmwood, Ill.
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin D. Desilets died May 22 while conducting combat operations in the Anbar province. Also killed was Cpl. Julian M. Woodall.
Central Illinois Marine killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
ELMWOOD, Ill. — A central Illinois Marine killed in Iraq this week was a friend to everyone at his tiny high school and joined the military to support his 3-year-old daughter, school officials said May 23.
Lance Cpl. Benjamin Desilets, 21, of Elmwood and Cpl. Julian Woodall, 21, of Tallahassee, Fla., were both killed May 22 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Both were members of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Desilets’ death weighed heavily Wednesday at the 215-student Elmwood High School, about 20 miles west of…