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Rylee McCollum: A Jackson kid, a lifelong Marine

Valley native among 13 U.S. service members killed in Aug. 26 bombing in Afghanistan.

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Community gathers to honor McCollum family

Rylee McCollum, born Feb. 26, 2001, loved to wrestle.

Rylee McCollum

Rylee McCollum

McCollum sophomore wrestling

McCollum as a sophomore wrestler for Jackson Hole High School.

State Wrestling

Jackson’s Rylee McCollum is declared the winner in his bout against Isaac Polomo of Natrona County during a 126-pound 4A match in February 2018 during the Wyoming high school state championships in Casper.

Rylee McCollum

Family members said McCollum always had an interest in the military, even as a toddler.

Rylee McCollum

McCollum receives his high school diploma upon graduating from Summit Innovations in June 2019.

Rylee McCollum

An undated photograph of Rylee McCollum with his wife, Gigi Crayton, who is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child in the coming weeks.

Rylee McCollum

McCollum during training in the United States Marine Corps. “He was probably exactly who the Marines were looking for,” said Tyler Davis, a former coach and employer.

McCollum memorial

A table at Sidewinders was turned into a memorial for McCollum and 12 other U.S. service members who were killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26. Restaurants and businesses across the country reserved a table and 13 beers to honor those who didn’t make it home.

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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