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Marine Cpl. Christopher D. Winchester

Died July 14, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Flomaton, Ala.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; attached to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed July 14 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations near Trebil, Iraq. Also killed was Marine Cpl. Clifton B. Mounce.

Fallen Marine laid to rest in Alabama

Associated Press

FLOMATON, Ala. — Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral for a 23-year-old Marine killed in the Iraq war.

Camp Lejeune-based Cpl. Christopher David Winchester died July 14 in a roadside bomb explosion near Tikrit, the Defense Department said. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division.

Services were held Thursday at Flomaton High School. Winchester graduated from the school in 2000.

The Rev. Doug Greer, pastor of the Pentecostal Divine Temple Church in East Brewton, spoke about Winchester’s participation in his church.

“Just before he went off,” Greer said, his voice choked with emotion, “he came up and asked the congregation to pray for him. Then he left with that smile he had.”

Marine Lance Cpl. Corey McIntosh said he had served with Winchester since boot camp.

“He was a class act,” McIntosh said.

Mourners stood along U.S. Highway 31 as the funeral procession passed by on the way to the cemetery in Brewton.

Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and police officers stood at attention along the procession route.

Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant presented Winchester’s mother with a plaque in recognition of her son’s military service.

Escambia County Commission Chairman Larry White said Thursday was declared a day of mourning for this county near the Alabama-Florida border, and flags at the courthouse were flown at half-staff.

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