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A young man who joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his graduation from Oliver Springs High School died while serving at the base in Quantico, Va.
The obituary of Donald Edward Bowlin, 19, said the Harriman teen died on Monday, May 21.
The cause was not initially clear.
Bowlin shared the pride he had in joining their ranks while nearing his graduation only a year ago when he was interviewed with other high school seniors who planned to or already had enlisted with different military branches.
Being a Marine was his longtime dream.
“Less than 1 percent of the population has been able to call themselves a U.S. Marine,” the 18-year-old said at the time. “I wanted to be one of the few and to give back to those who gave up their lives for my freedom.”
The teen’s obituary said he graduated from boot camp in October 2011.
He then attended training for data system technician in California.
At Oliver Springs, Bowlin was active in a number of activities, including the school’s football team.
His funeral is on Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m.