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WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator John Boozman recognized the sacrifice of Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tuttle, a graduate of Gentry High School, who was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and passed away at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on July 14, 2013. 

The following is Boozman’s speech as prepared for delivery.  

Mr. President I’m here today to pay respects to a great American hero, Lance Corporal Benjamin Tuttle who sacrificed his life for this country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Lance Cpl. Tuttle graduated from Gentry High School in Gentry, Arkansas in 2012. His appreciation for athletics kept him active after school as a football player, wrestler and track runner. 

As a student he made his interest in serving in the Marines known. He shared his love for his country and the Corps during a trip back to his alma mater last fall. 

His love of country was coupled with his love for his family. In a Facebook post he wrote he would be back home in October and was anxious to fish, go to dinner and just hang out with family and friends. 

Lance Cpl. Tuttle was serving aboard the USS Nimitz. He was assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. 

Lance Cpl. Tuttle was only 19 when he gave his life for his country. 

Mr. President, Lance Cpl. Tuttle is a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask my colleagues to keep his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. On behalf of a grateful nation, I humbly offer my sincerest gratitude for his patriotism and selfless service.