Marine Cpl. John R. Stalvey

Died October 3, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Conroe, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed Oct. 3 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Iron Fist in Karabilah, Iraq.

Explosion kills Brunswick Marine in Iraq

Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Marine from Brunswick was killed in Iraq when the Humvee he was driving struck an improvised explosive device.

Cpl. John R. Stalvey, 22, had been with the Marines for four years.

“He joined because of 9/11,” his father, Billy Stalvey, said. “He wanted to serve his country and keep us free.”

Stalvey said his son had planned to leave the military next summer.

“He had just met a young lady in Jacksonville, N.C.,” Stalvey said. “They were getting pretty serious. He was looking forward to getting out and starting a life with her.”

Three Marines who were in the same vehicle were also wounded in Monday’s incident.

After graduating from Marine sniper school in Quantico, Va., Cpl. Stalvey had been back in Iraq for about a month where he was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, his father said.