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2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment's executive officer killed in motorcycle crash

MCAGCC — The executive officer of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center was killed Tuesday night, April 28 when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle in Yucca Valley.


Staff report
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:33 PM CDT

Maj. Gregory Lee Helton, 39, an infantry officer from Tulsa, Okla., was riding his motorcycle on Twentynine Palms Highway at Elk Trail at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday when he collided with a vehicle driven by Desiree Dean, 18, of Yucca Valley.

Helton was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, where he was pronounced dead. Dean was not injured in the crash.

In response to a query from The Desert Trail, the Combat Center Public Affairs Office released information about Helton’s military career on Wednesday afternoon.

Helton enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 9, 1987, and was commissioned an officer on May 8, 1993.

He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Desert Storm.

His personal service awards included the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

A vigil of remembrance and funeral mass for Helton will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Chapel on base over the weekend.