Body of Marine Arrives Home

Body of Marine Arrives Home

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(KSL News) -- A solemn ceremony at Salt Lake International Airport welcomed home a Utah Marine tonight.

A Marine colorguard accompanied the flag-draped coffin of Corporal Matthew Smith. The 24-year old West Valley man died last week when the massive transport helicopter he was riding in crashed in Iraq during a desert sandstorm.

Body of Marine Arrives Home

Family members say Corporal Smith died a hero, and they have no regrets. Still, they're glad to have his remains back in Utah.

Colleen Parkin, Marine's Mother: "We're relieved. I needed my baby home. I needed him home to give me closure, to know that he's here and that it's okay."

A motorcade transported Corporal Smith's body to the McDougal Funeral home. There will be a viewing there Friday night, and a funeral Saturday beginning at noon.

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