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Army Staff Sgt. Marvin L. Trost III

Died December 5, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

28, of Goshen, Ind.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea; killed Dec. 5 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Habbaniyah, Iraq. Also killed was Army Spc. Edwin W. Roodhouse.

Father of fallen soldier works for freedom day

The Associated Press

ELKHART, Ind. — The Elkhart father of an Army soldier who died nearly eight years ago when his vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq wants to make sure his son and others like him aren't forgotten.

The Elkhart Truth reported that Marvin Trost Jr. has succeeded in having Oct. 21st proclaimed as Right To Freedom Day in Indiana. Trost said he chose Oct. 21 because it coincides with the date last year when President Barack Obama declared the Iraq war to have concluded.

Trost said he hopes to take the proclamation to the national level. Trost said he wants people to remember that American soldiers have died so that people in other countries could enjoy some measure of freedom.

Marvin Lee Trost III died at the age of 28.

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