Lance Cpl. James E. Brown, 20, of Gibson , Ind. , was killed in action Nov. 2 while conducting combat operations in the Habbaniyah area.
"Lance Cpl. James Brown courageously fought and courageously died," said Lt. Col. Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, the 43-year-old battalion commander, from Auburn , Maine . "He heard a call to duty and volunteered to serve our nation without fear or without hesitation."
Brown served as a rifleman for the battalion’s I Company under Regimental Combat Team 5.
During the ceremony, Marines from I Company had an opportunity to honor Brown with their personal reflections.
"I remember the first time I saw Lance Cpl. Brown, standing at parade rest on the third deck catwalk with the rest of the new Marines," said Cpl. Chad A. Nickerson, a squad leader with I Company. "I walked up and down the line staring at each one, getting my first glimpse of the Marines that were about to go to battle with me soon."Story by Cpl. Ray Lewis