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Marine Staff Sgt., 26, of Longview, Gregg Co., TX
Staff Sergeant John Stock was born February 26, 1981, in Longview. He joined the United States Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego, Calif. After his graduation Recruit Training, he went on to complete Marine Combat Training before continuing his
MOS training to become AAV Mechanic (2141). During his time as a 2141 with 3d AABN, Staff Sgt. Stock deployed on a UDP to Okinawa, Japan, for 15 months.

After his initial four years of service, Staff Sgt. Stock tried his hand at civilian life before he reenlisted into the U.S. Marine Cops, where he was then assigned as the platoon sergeant of Headquarters and Services Platoon.

After volunteering to join a line company knowing he would deploy to Iraq, Staff Sgt. Stock was appointed to Second Platoon Bravo Company, where he was the maintenance chief. Staff Sgt. Stock participated in the pre-deployment training program with Second Platoon to include Mojave Viper before deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of First Battalion, 3d Marines.

While serving with Bravo Company Second Platoon, Staff Sgt. Stock acted as a section leader. His awards include the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National  Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Sea Service 
Deployment Ribbon.

Staff Sgt. Stock was a graduate of Longview High School, a member of LHS Varsity Swim Team, became an Eagle Scout at age 15, and an avid soccer player, having played for the U.S. Marine Corps team.

He was a devoted father and husband who would spend a lot of time talking about his family and enjoyed lifting weights and cooking, mostly barbecue. His platoon commander noted that he wanted to put hot sauce on absolutely everything.

Staff Sgt. Stock is survived by his wife, Lindsey of Longview; sons, Levin Still and Wyatt Stock of Longview; parents, Gwen and Jerry Stock of Longview; brother, Tony Stock of Cibolo, Texas; sisters, Megan Palla of Clovis, New Mexico, Erin
Barnes of Enid, Oklahoma, Clara and Lily Stock of Longview; grandparents, Gerald and Jeannette Stock of St. Joseph, Missouri; mother-in-law, and father-in-law, Buddy and Karen Tyner of Longview; Sgt. Erik Cunningham, currently serving in Iraq and unable to attend, his best friend and godfather of Wyatt; and numerous other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Stock Family Fund, c/o Spring Hill State Bank, 3700 Gilmer Rd., Longview, TX 75604.

Burial, with full military honors, will be at Rosewood Park, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.





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