Body of Marine Killed in Combat Returns to Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - More than 100 people turned out to pay their
respects to a Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan.

A plane carrying the body of Marine Cpl. Joseph Whitehead flew
Monday into the Mobile Air Center.

The Mobile Press-Register reports that about 100 friends and family members lined the tarmac, while others stood near the airport fence.

A contingent from the U.S. Coast Guard, a Marine honor guard and local police stood at attention as the plane carrying Whitehead's
body came near.

Defense officials said Whitehead was killed in combat in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

His brother said that Whitehead set off an improvised explosive device.

A visitation will be held Tuesday. A funeral is set for Wednesday at Serenity Funeral Home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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