U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., on Monday honored Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, who died earlier this month while serving in support of the war in Afghanistan.
"Lance Cpl. Tuttle is a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask my colleagues to keep his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. On behalf of a grateful nation, I humbly offer my sincerest gratitude for his patriotism and selfless service," Boozman said.
Tuttle, a graduate of Gentry High School, died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Cetner in Germany following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on July 14, according to the Department of Defense.
Boozman took to the Senate floor to honor Tuttle as a true American hero, who was loyal to his family, friends, country and the Marines.
"He shared his love for his country and the Corps during a trip back to his alma mater last fall," Boozman said. "His love of country was coupled with his love for his family. In a Facebook post he wrote he would be back home in October and was anxious to fish, go to dinner and just hand out with family and friends."
A funeral service for Tuttle, 19, was held last week at First Baptist Church in Gentry, Ark.