Body of fallen Marine returns home to Waseca


The body of a Minnesota Marine killed in Afghanistan was returned home Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of residents in the area paid their respects by lining the motorcade route from the airport to his hometown of Waseca, WCCO reports.

Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, 20, was killed last week when his convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber.

Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School, where he was involved in football, wrestling and other activities, according to family members. He joined the Marines immediately after high school. Erickson began his tour of duty in Afghanistan last September and was about two months away from coming home.

His body was flown from Dover Air Force Base to Owatonna's Degner Regional Airport Saturday afternoon. From there it was taken by motorcade to Waseca. Well-wishers lined the route, holding American flags and signs of appreciation, the Mankato Free Press reports.

A visitation is scheduled for Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. Erickson's funeral service will take place at Grace Lutheran on Monday at 10:30 a.m. He will be buried at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all federal and state flags be flown at half-staff Monday in Erickson's honor.

Residents in Waseca will keep their porch lights on until Erickson is laid to rest, according to WCCO.

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