Deployed Marines Remember Fallen Brother In Afghanistan

Days after a 20-year-old Camp Lejeune Marine's body was returned to Dover Air Force base, the brothers and sisters he left behind at Camp Leatherneck remembered him together.

Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson was killed on February 28th during combat operations in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Lance Cpl. Erickson's family told WITN the young Marine was the gunner in the last truck of a convoy that was attacked the day of his death.

Marines with Erickson's unit, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines Regiment, gathered on March 7th to remember their fallen brother.

Photos posted by the Marine Corps on their video and imagery distribution website show service members at salute and kneeling before a small monument in Erickson's honor: a rifle stood on end, topped with a helmet, anchored by a pair of combat boots.

Erickson was from Waseca, Minnesota, working as a motor transportation mechanic for the Corps.


The body of a fallen Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune is being returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The Pentagon says Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson died Friday during combat operations in Helmand province.

The 20-year-old was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines at Camp Lejeune.

His family says Erickson was the gunner in the last truck of the convoy when it was attacked Friday. He was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School in Waseca, Minnesota.