Hundreds honor fallen Marine returning home - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Hundreds honor fallen Marine returning home

OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC)--The body of a fallen Marine from Waseca returned to southeast Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.  The plane carrying Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson's remains arrived at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport around 2:45 p.m.

More than 30 patriot guard members, firefighters and other first responders waited on the tarmac to welcome the young soldier home.  Erickson's body arrived in the U.S. earlier this week at Dover Air Force Base in Deleware.

"This young man went through experiences that I cannot relate to but I know they were terrible," said John Redfield, a patriot guard member.  "He deserves our respect and he deserves the chance we're taking to honor all the sacrifices he and his family have made for what we do, for what America stands for."

His flag draped casket was received from the flight crew by his fellow Marines.  The U.S. Department of Defense says Lance Cpl. Erickson died February 28 while involved in combat operations in Helmand Province.  His family says Erickson was the gunner in the last truck of the convoy when it was attacked.

Hundreds of cars lined the road from the airport to Old Highway 14 as the funeral procession left the airport just after 3:30 p.m.  The procession route stretched for miles on Old Highway 14 all the way to Waseca.

Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School.  His unit was based at Camp Lejeune, N. C.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man bites off another man's finger in golf course brawl

    Man bites off another man's finger in golf course brawl

    Saturday, August 18 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-08-18 20:15:58 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-08-19 00:22:49 GMT
    A man has bit off another man's finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course.More >>
    A man has bit off another man's finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course.More >>
  • Human remains found near Mississippi River in Wabasha

    Human remains found near Mississippi River in Wabasha

    Two boys hiking along the Mississippi River in Wabasha find a human torso and leg around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This comes nearly four months after 61-year-old David Sheridan, a Wisconsin boater, went missing on Lake Pepin, and one month after another leg and boot were found along the Mississippi River in Wabasha. 

    More >>

    Two boys hiking along the Mississippi River in Wabasha find a human torso and leg around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This comes nearly four months after 61-year-old David Sheridan, a Wisconsin boater, went missing on Lake Pepin, and one month after another leg and boot were found along the Mississippi River in Wabasha. 

    More >>
  • Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

    Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:25:57 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:27:36 GMT
    An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s.More >>
    An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s.More >>
  • UPDATE: Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story

    UPDATE: Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story

    Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting.

    More >>

    Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting.

    More >>
  • Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

    Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:30:57 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-08-18 21:31:55 GMT
    A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine ring from inside prison.More >>
    A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine ring from inside prison.More >>
  • Rochester's first "mini-roundabout" set to debut Thursday on 18th Avenue NW

    Rochester's first "mini-roundabout" set to debut Thursday on 18th Avenue NW

    18th Avenue NW from KTTC DroneCam18th Avenue NW from KTTC DroneCam

    Northwest Rochester will return to near-normal Thursday after months of road construction on one of its busiest roadways. But it will be a "new normal" on 18th Avenue NW at 48th Street NW with the debut of what public works people are calling a "mini-roundabout."

    More >>

    Northwest Rochester will return to near-normal Thursday after months of road construction on one of its busiest roadways. But it will be a "new normal" on 18th Avenue NW at 48th Street NW with the debut of what public works people are calling a "mini-roundabout."

    More >>
  • I.C.E arrest, deport a man from Cloquet

    I.C.E arrest, deport a man from Cloquet

    CLOQUET, MN (KBJR)- A Cloquet man was deported to Mexico this week after an arrest by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  42-year-old Pedro Aranda, who worked at Pedro's Grill and Cantina in Cloquet was arrested for immigration violations at a Carlton County golf course on August 9th. Word of Arranda's deportation spread quickly in Cloquet.  "I wasn't aware there was anything wrong. He's been here so long," said Linda Erickson, who works one door do...More >>
    CLOQUET, MN (KBJR)- A Cloquet man was deported to Mexico this week after an arrest by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  42-year-old Pedro Aranda, who worked at Pedro's Grill and Cantina in Cloquet was arrested for immigration violations at a Carlton County golf course on August 9th. Word of Arranda's deportation spread quickly in Cloquet.  "I wasn't aware there was anything wrong. He's been here so long," said Linda Erickson, who works one door do...More >>
  • Sheriff sued for jailing people who aren't criminal suspects

    Sheriff sued for jailing people who aren't criminal suspects

    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online
    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online

    The sheriff of Nobles County-- Kent Wilkening--has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for keeping people in jail even after they have posted bond or completed their sentences. The ACLU-MN filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of four defendants and countless others who are being detained at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though no warrant or probable cause of a crime had been established. 

    More >>

    The sheriff of Nobles County-- Kent Wilkening--has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for keeping people in jail even after they have posted bond or completed their sentences. The ACLU-MN filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of four defendants and countless others who are being detained at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though no warrant or probable cause of a crime had been established. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly