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Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, center, and (Credit: Getty Images)

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, center, and Army Maj. Gen. William Rapp, right, salute as a U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

Eric Christian, Warwick Marine killed in Afghanistan, laid to rest

Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, a 39-year-old Marine from Warwick, was killed in western Afghanistan on May 4. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, center, and
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, center, and Army Maj. Gen. William Rapp, right, salute as a U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

Marine Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of
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Marine Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, died May 4, 2013, while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick off a C-17 on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Christian and another Marine died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stands in
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stands in the pouring rain during the dignified transfer of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick on the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team carries the
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A U.S. Marine Corps carry team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick off a C-17 on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Christian and one other Marine died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

Marines stand in the pouring rain as they
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Marines stand in the pouring rain as they attend the dignified transfer of the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

As an Army team salutes, a U.S. Marine
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As an Army team salutes, a U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

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A U.S. Marine Corps carry team loads the
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A U.S. Marine Corps carry team loads the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick into a transfer vehicle on the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colorado off a C-17 on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sonka and one other Marine died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

A Marine carry team moves a transfer case
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A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Cpl. David M. Sonka at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo., died May 4, 2013, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo., off a C-17 on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo., across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sonka and another Marine died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo., across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. Assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sonka and another Marine died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. (May 7, 2013)

A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped
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A U.S. Marine Corps team carries the flag-draped transfer case with the remains of Marine Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, of Parker, Colo., across the tarmac in the pouring rain at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (May 7, 2013)

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