Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Wilson
Died March 22, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom
24, of Palm City, Fla.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
(The following was taken from www.wpbf.com of Mar. 28, 2010) STUART, Fla. -- The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Wilson returned to the Treasure Coast on Sunday.
Wilson was killed last Monday in Afghanistan.
Holding American flags and each other, family and friends gathered at Witham Field for the fallen Marine's homecoming on a private jet.
Joel Mayne served in the Army and fought in Vietnam. He was one of hundreds of retired servicemen and women, as well as civilians, who surrounded the field to welcome the Marine home.
"Justin served his country and his Marine Corps, and I just wanted to be here and show support for that," Mayne said.
Mary Morgan's husband, Jim, served in the Navy. They're came together to pay respect to Wilson.
"As soon as we heard about it, we felt for the family and for him," she said. "He was very young, and what a tragedy."
In near silence on the tarmac, the 24-year-old's flag-draped casket was placed into an awaiting hearse.
The Patriot Guard Riders motorcycles and law enforcement vehicles escorted Wilson's body to his hometown of Palm City.
"It's sad for the family, and it's never easy to lose a child, but to have people out who respect what their son did is important," Mayne said.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Forest Hill Funeral Home. There will also be a memorial Mass Wednesday.