A Camas native who spent his career in the U.S. Marine Corps was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday on a Southern California freeway.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Brent L. Sherrell died while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 15 in Riverside County, Calif., according to a news release from the U.S. Marine Corps and Southern California press accounts.
The accident occurred at 6:18 a.m. in slow, heavy traffic. Sherrell was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle between lanes at about 20 mph when he clipped the back end of a Jeep. He lost control and slid under the wheels of a dump trailer hauled by a truck.
Sherrell, who lived in Temecula, Calif., enlisted in the Marine Corps on Oct. 26, 1987, and had been stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Mirmar, where he worked in corrections at the Naval Consolidated Brig.
His decorations include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, two National Defense Service medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, three Southwest Asia Service medals, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), two Navy Unit Commendation medals, four Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation medals, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct medals, and three Sea Service Deployment ribbons.