KIA June 15, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
Died June 15, 2005 when an IED exploded directly underneath his Humvee during combat operations near Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed were LCpl. Jonathan Flores, LCpl. Chad Maynard, LCpl. Dion Whitley, and Cpl. Jesse Jaime.
Trovillion and his “Alpha” Marines were conducting a mission through a portion of their company’s area of operations when the IED detonated. Trovillion’s friend and platoon member, LCpl. Ben Lively, said Trovillion was born in Colorado, but proudly claimed Texas as home. “He was always the first to remind you that he was raised a Texan,” Lively said, adding that Trovillion was an outstanding Marine. “He was a Marine unlike any I’ve seen,” he said. “He proudly wore his uniform, had incredible bearing and his attention to detail was unreal.”
According to Lively, Trovillion’s meticulous nature and attention to detail saved many Marines’ lives during his two deployments to Iraq. “In Fallujah he spotted countless weapon caches when no one else could see them, and in Ramadi he found where several IEDs were buried.” Lively continued to say that Trovillion had an uncanny eye for uncovering hidden enemy material. He discovered the threats and diverted his Marines, which saved their lives.
At 6 foot 3 inches and 220 pounds, Tyler Trovillion made for one mighty Marine, but was known to be a caring friend to his fellow Marines and strangers, and would go to great lengths to please others. “He was a great friend,” Lively said. “You could ask anything of him, and he would find a way to make it happen. He would run through a brick wall for you.”
After graduating from Plano East High School in 2000, Tyler attended Collin County Community College and played with the Dallas Athletic Rugby Club. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Gina Trovillion; sisters, Austin and Skye, and younger brother, Jazak.
Marine Cpl Tyler S. Trovillion was 23 years old from Richardson, Texas
Original portrait was presented April 20, 2011 to his family during a private event hosted by Constituting America.org in Dallas, Texas.