- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 12, 1986
- Date of passing: Jun 14, 2008
|Let the memory of Lance Cpl Layton be with us forever|
The 2005 Richmond High School graduate was conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan’s Farah Province when a bomb exploded near a vehicle in which he and three other Marines in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines were riding. All four were killed.
“We need to make sure the family has as much support as we can give them,” she said.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ office notified county officials to fly flags at half-staff until Crass’ funeral.
The Department of Defense released information Wednesday that gives a deeper look into Crass’ military service.
He was trained as a Rifleman and he was contracted to end his term in June 2009.
In early 2006, the Marine completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.
Crass also earned at least seven awards and decorations since his service entry date in June 2005.
Peter Werle, a high school classmate and fellow RHS Computer Club member, recalled Crass’ fervor toward Marine Corps.
“I remember how proud Layton was to get into the Marines,” Werle wrote in an e-mail. “ ... He saw the Marines as a real shot to do something exciting and important.”
Lynne Crass, the Marine’s mother, said Tuesday night her son had aspirations for law enforcement. He was active in the Richmond Police Youth Cadet Program.
Diane Whitehead, Neighborhood Resource coordinator for Richmond Police, said she remembers Crass’ impeccable attendance in the program in 2006.
“He always showed up. He was very loyal,” she said Wednesday. “ ... He was just really a good morale booster.”
He enjoyed his family and friends. He played paintball, video games,
and on the computer. He liked to rollerblade and watch movies. He was
full of life, humor, and always smiled. He wanted to be either in
Black Ops or a Sheriff.
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