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Hometown celebrates life of Marine that died during training accident

PFC Tyler Cox died unexpectedly in a training accident on April 29 at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. He returned home Wednesday and was buried Saturday.
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PFC Tyler Cox's life was cut short due to a training accident on April 29. He was laid to rest on May 16.

DIKE, Iowa — A small town is remembering the life of one of it's own weeks after his unexpected death.

PFC Tyler Cox, 19, died unexpectedly on April 29 at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The young Marine had died during a training accident.

Cox had been assigned to a 3rd Battalion 8th Marines as a 0311 Rifleman. 

Cox was born July 21, 2000. He went to Dike-New Hartford High School and graduated early to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. 

His body was returned home on Wednesday. Video from the Honoring Our Fallen Facebook page shows his journey back to Iowa.

PFC Tyler Cox Angel Flight ✈️

Hero Home Iowa--- PFC Tyler Cox, 19, of Dike, died unexpectedly in a training accident on Wednesday, April 29th at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he was stationed. He had been assigned to a 3rd Battalion 8th Marines as a 0311 Rifleman. PFC Cox returned home to Iowa on Wednesday 13 May to his family. His family appreciates all who came out to honor Tyler last night it means so much to see him honored. Tyler was born on July 21, 2000. He attended school in Dike and was able to graduate early from Dike-New Hartford High School to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Tragically, Tyler’s life was cut short at the tender age of 19 but his family was so proud of Tyler’s willingness to serve his country. Please pray for family members as they prepare for their Fallen Hero to be laid to rest this weekend! #HonoringOurFallen #AHeroRememberedNeverDies #Saytheirnames

Posted by Honoring Our Fallen on Thursday, May 14, 2020

He was laid to rest Saturday morning in Dike.

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