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Press Release
August 29, 2009
The Oregon National Guard has prepared the following information on Private First Class Taylor D. Marks posthumously promoted to Specialist, age 19.

Marks was killed in the incident in Rashid, Iraq on Aug. 28, 2009 when his convoy was struck by an explosive formed penetrator and was serving with the 41st Special Troops Battalion (STB), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Spc. Taylor Marks was born in Salem, Ore. on Nov. 9, 1989. He was raised in Monmouth, Ore. He was a graduate of Central High School and joined the Oregon Army National Guard attending a training with a friend. His thoughts were to join the military and continue his education. He was contracted to go to the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio in California, but made the decision to defer his schooling in order to deploy with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

He is survived by his mother Michelle and stepfather Don; sister Courtney age 15; sister Alex age 19 of Monmouth, Ore, and father Morey Marks of Salem, Ore.

The Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Ken Nygren stated in a message from Iraq, "All the STB leadership were present to support our soldiers at the ramp ceremony in Iraq. It was a sad event, but very evident that the unit is very cohesive and still very proudly STB. They are serving Oregon and the nation well."

Additional information and photo will be provided when received, again, please direct media inquiries to the Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office, 503-584-3917, to allow the family time to recover from this terrible loss.


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