Cpl Timothy J. REad

Wesley Chapel, FL

Mission Accomplished on Aug. 29, 2020

Timothy Read always knew he wanted to be a Marine. He left for boot camp the summer following his high school graduation in 2007.

He first deployed to Iraq in 2009 and then again to Afghanistan in 2010. During his second deployment, on Oct. 15, 2010, he was on patrol with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee in addition to other injuries. He served and recovered with fellow HFOT home recipient Julian Torres.

He underwent numerous surgeries and rigorous rehabilitation therapies at Walter Reed Medical Center, Balboa Navy Medical Hospital, and the VA in Tampa.  While being treated in Tampa, he met his wife Anh Lan Du, who works in the hospital’s prosthetics department.

Timothy enjoyed weight lifting, mechanics, working on cars, and off-road rally racing. He had a degree in software engineering at St. Leo University and along with his mechanical background, worked on newer models of cars. He had the goal to create his own nonprofit race team to help raise money and awareness for organizations that helped him, like Homes For Our Troops. As a former Eagle Scout, Timothy was involved with the Boy Scouts. Living mortgage-free in a home adapted to his injuries helped him with these aspirations.

Homes For Our Troops extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Marine Cpl Tim Read, who passed away on March 16, 2023. He was a valued member of the HFOT Family, and was an engaging friend who was focused on paying it forward and serving others. We will miss him greatly.

related articles:

  • ABC Action News, Feb. 11, 2019 Marine Cpl Timothy Read was in Afghanistan on October 15, 2010, when he stepped on a homemade explosive and lost his left leg. Because of his remarkable service, college pursuits and desire to help other Veterans like himself, the non-profit Homes For Our Troops selected Read to be the recipient of a new house. Read more.