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The State

As a band played “The Marine Hymn,” the bodies of 18 Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in a March 20 helicopter crash in South Korea were returned to the United States. A chaplain prayed and an honor guard made up of Navy and Marine personnel and about 150 members of the Air Force watched as black-gloved Marine pallbearers removed caskets from a C-141 cargo jet that landed at Travis Air Force Base. Most of the Marines killed were from Camp Pendleton near Oceanside. The bodies were taken to a military mortuary in Oakland, where they were to be turned over to relatives.


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