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Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Poole

Died January 24, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Bowling Green, Ky.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

4 Marines die in Helmand combat ops

Staff and wire report

Four Marines died over the weekend during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Jan. 26.

Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane, 22, of Towson, Md., died Jan. 23. A reservist, he was assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Sgt. Daniel M. Angus, 28, of Thonotosassa, Fla.; Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Poole, 22, of Bowling Green, Ky.; and Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith, 19, of Hornell, N.Y. died Jan. 24.

Angus and Smith were assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Poole was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He joined the Corps in June 2007 and reported to Kaneohe Bay in December 2007. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2009, returning to Kaneohe in March.

More detailed information of the incidents was not immediately available.

Early moment steered him toward Corps

The Associated Press

When Timothy “Bubba” Poole was 4 years old, he stared up at a Marine at a Toys for Tots event. The rigid man in uniform broke attention, though, and picked up the little boy, holding him for a few minutes and whispering.

That night, Timothy Poole Sr. was putting his tucking his son into bed.

“I want to grow up to be a Marine,” little “Bubba” told his father. The elder Poole still doesn’t know what that Marine told his son, but he’s never forgotten those moments. And that 4-year-old kept his word, joining the Corps once he was old enough.

Poole Jr., 22, of Bowling Green, Ky., was killed by a roadside bomb while patrolling in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., and graduated from Warren East High School in Bowling Green in 2007.

“Bubba” was remembered by his family and others as a quiet, polite young man who loved to skateboard.

“He had the heart of a Marine and could run like the wind,” said Sgt. Joel Extine, who recruited Poole into the Marines. “He was the kind of kid we wanted to enlist.”

Poole also is survived by his mother, Tina Martin; a brother, Cecil; and three sisters, Elizabeth, Katrina and Jessica.

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