Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Bell, Jr.

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Bell, Jr., 22, of West Chesterfield, Ohio.

Lance Cpl Bell died when his amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Timothy Michael Bell Jr. was a black-belt in judo who hoped to buy a motorcycle when he returned from his tour in Iraq in September.

“My son was the last of the John Waynes, but tougher,” said his father, Timothy Michael Bell Sr.

Bell, 22, of West Chesterfield, Ohio, died in an explosion Aug. 3 south of Haditha. A 2003 high school graduate, he was based in Columbus.

He was a nephew of Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell and cousin of Buddy Bell’s son, David, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a grandson of Gus Bell, Reds outfielder from 1953 to 1961.

Bell wanted to be a Marine since he was 6. His bedroom was filled with Marine posters and memorabilia. A camouflage Marine blanket even covered his bed.

When his parents took him to deploy for training with his unit, he had just one message for them, said his stepmother, Vivian Bell. “He just said, ‘This is what I was born to do,”’ she said.

Always protective of his three younger sisters, Bell joined the Marines in part because he wanted to protect them. “It’s very important for me that everybody knows that he did this for them,” the elder Bell said.

He also is survived by his mother, Jacqueline.

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy M. Bell, Jr.was killed in action on 08/03/05.

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