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Fallen Marine comes home: honoring Sgt. Michael Guillory

The body of Sgt. Michael Guillory, 28, a Marine from Pearl River who was killed in Afghanistan, is arrived in New Orleans on Thursday.

Friends, family and dozens of others, including sympathetic veterans gathered to welcome home Sgt. Guillory’s body at Armstrong International Airport.

When his body arrived in New Orleans dozens of veterans stood at attention, including Vietnam veteran David Vicknair: “I served three years in Vietnam, three tours. I came home. This soldier is not coming home, and my heart is broken. I feel very sad.”

His body was taken by police escort to Honaker Funeral Home in Slidell, where well-wishers lined Gause Boulevard to remember Sgt. Guillory as the procession passed.

The U.S. Military has not released many details about the circumstances of Sgt. Guillory’s death, except that it happened in Helmand Province, perhaps the most troubled region of Afghanistan, where the Taliban has been making their presence known.

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