Lance Cpl. Castillo was born on 25 Jan 1985 to Guadalupe and Maria Castillo. He graduated from Brownwood High School in May 2003 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps on June 2, 2003. He married Angela Portillo, formerly of Early, on Sept. 5 2003.
He had been assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp LeJeune, N.C.
He died Friday, June 10, 2005, in Saqlawiya∼When Lance Cpl. Mario Castillo is escorted to his final resting place today, the procession will take place on a portion of Main Street renamed in honor of the fallen Marine.
Members of the Brownwood City Council announced Tuesday that a portion of Main Street will be named Lance Cpl. Mario Castillo Boulevard in honor of Brownwood's first fallen hero in Iraq.
Castillo, 20, a Marine combat engineer with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, was killed June 10 in a bombing incident in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, in the Anbar province west of Fallujah.
City Councilman Dave Fair said council members were polled by phone Tuesday night after the candlelight vigil held at the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom and all agreed that renaming the street was the honorable thing to do.
''The formal action will take place on Tuesday at the next city council meeting,'' said Councilman Dave Fair. ''We have also cleared this with the Texas Department of Transportation.''
Fair said that once the change is formally approved by the council, the signs will be ordered. It should take four to six weeks to get the signs, he said.
Fair said that although addresses will not change for businesses and property owners along the street, a sign will be placed at each block from Wesley Street by St. Mary's Catholic Church to South Broadway Street in downtown Brownwood.
Mourners for the fallen Marine have been asked to line up today from St. Mary's Catholic Church down Main Street and then down U.S. Highway 67 to Eastlawn Memorial Park, where Castillo will be buried.
More than 100 friends, family, city officials, military personnel and others attended the candlelight vigil Monday night. Castillo's parents, Guadalupe and Maria Castillo, thanked the attendees for their support.
Castillo was a 2003 graduate of Brownwood High School. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters and a brother. He married Angela Portillo two years ago. The couple resided in North Carolina.
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