(October 7, 2012)

SAN DIEGO - A motorcyclist killed on a Temecula freeway was ahighly decorated combat-veteran Marine stationed in Miramar, officials reportedThursday.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Brent Sherrell, 41, of Temecula, was riding about 20mph in heavy traffic southbound on Interstate 15 about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday whenhis Harley-Davidson clipped a Jeep and crashed near Rancho California Road,according to USMC authorities and the California Highway Patrol.

Sherrell fell in front of a truck, and a trailer being hauled by thevehicle ran over him, inflicting fatal injuries, CHP Officer Ron Thatcher said.

Sherrell, a Camas, Wash., native who enlisted in the Marine Corps inOctober 1987, was a correctional liaison with Naval Consolidated Brig at USMCAir Station Miramar.

His personal decorations include a Combat Action Ribbon, Global War onTerrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal(Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), two National Defense ServiceMedals, two Navy Unit Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine CorpsCommendation Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, three Southwest AsiaService Medals, four Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medals and seven MarineCorps Good Conduct Medals.