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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The final trip home for a North Carolina Marine killed during training in Nevada earlier this month passed through Wilmington Thursday evening.

The body of LCpl. Mason Vanderwork arrived at Wilmington International Airport around 7 o’clock. From there he will head to Jacksonville for a memorial at Onslow Beach aboard Camp Lejeune Saturday at noon then onto his native Hickory for his funeral Monday.

Vanderwork, 21, was one of seven members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune killed March 18, when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Eight men were injured.

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  • STM

    What time will he arrive at airport in Wilmington. Would like to be there and show respect.

  • Deb

    The PGR and the Human Wall for fallen soldiers will be lining up around 6:30 to honor this hero. Everyone welcome, bring your flags if you have thsm. Just look for the Human Wall or Pgr motocycles.

  • nofaithnlaw

    God bless this young man & be with his family.
    Prayers for all of you.

  • GuestUSMC

    Semper Fi

  • Blessed beyond Measure

    RIP Soldier you’ve served your country proud!! I will pray for your fellow commrades, friends and family. God BLESSED!!


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