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Body of Fallen Marine Returned to US

Updated: 03/05/2014 3:07 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 1:43 PM KAALtv.com

WASECA, Minn. (AP) - The body of a fallen Marine from Minnesota has been returned to American soil.

A special Marine team carried a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson from a military plane when it arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Defense says the 20-year-old Marine from Waseca died Feb. 28 while involved in combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His family says Erickson was the gunner in the last truck of the convoy when it was attacked.

Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School. His unit was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C..

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 10:30 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. Burial will follow at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson