Marine’s final trip home includes Wilmington

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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.

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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.