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Lance Corporal Timothy Michael Bell Junior

Marine's father describes him as "last of the John Waynes"

Lance Corporal Timothy Michael Bell Junior had wanted to be a Marine since he was six years old. The 22-year-old from West Chester was a graduate of Lakota East High School. He was one of 14 Marines killed yesterday when their amphibious assault vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in western Iraq.

Bell's uncle is former Cleveland Indians player and coach Buddy Bell, who now manages the Kansas City Royals. There was a moment of silence before the Royals played the Red Sox at Fenway Park last night. Bell's father, Timothy Bell Senior, says his son was a black-belt in judo and was hoping to buy a motorcycle after his scheduled return in September. Bell's father says he last spoke with his son two weeks ago.

He described him as the "last of the John Waynes, but tougher."

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