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Marine Lance Cpl. Chad B. Maynard

19, of Montrose, Colo.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1 Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; operating with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed June 15 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations near Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Flores, Lance Cpl. Dion M. Whitley, Cpl. Jesse Jaime and Cpl. Tyler S. Trovillion.

Hundreds gather to pay respects to fallen Marine

Associated Press

MONTROSE, Colo. — The father of a Marine killed in Iraq told about 300 people gathered at a memorial in a high school gym Monday that his son knew the risks that went with serving his country.

Lance Cpl. Chad Maynard, 19, died Wednesday in Ramadi, Iraq, when the Humvee he was driving struck an improvised explosive device.

“When you take the oath, you always know the possibility exists,†said the Marine’s father, Gene Maynard, who himself is a former Marine who served in Vietnam.

“It’s just too bad. I think the world was a much better place with him in it.â€

Chad Maynard participated in Montrose High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, elective courses taught by the military services at more than 3,000 high schools nationwide.

“I wanted to be just like him,†said Bob Edie, who was one year behind Maynard at the school. “He was a good man — strong, courageous.â€

Friends previously described Maynard as an invincible, natural leader who lived and breathed the Marines. Gene Maynard previously said his son began pestering recruiters years before he could join until they told him to stop.

Chad Maynard’s brother, Jacob, will accompany the fallen Marine’s body to Colorado, where a funeral is being planned in the Denver area.

“We thought he was the guy that nothing would happen to,†friend Tom Sramek said Friday upon learning of Maynard’s death.

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Chad B. Maynard
BY Anonymous on Jul 06, 2005
  the most decent kid I ever met.God Bless you

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Chad B. Maynard
BY Anonymous on Jun 29, 2005
  Thank you Chad for you sacrifice. Gene and CIndy, thank you for raising such fine young man, I am so sorry for your loss.

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Chad B. Maynard
BY Anonymous on Jun 25, 2005
  Freedom is the deepest and noblest aspiration of the human spirit

Ronald Reagan

Rest in peace. My condolences to family and friends.

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