Wisconsin Marine's body returns to U.S.
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MILWAUKEE - The body of a fallen marine from Milwaukee has landed at Dover Air Force Base, two days after he died while serving in Afghanistan.
Fellow marines saluted his flag-draped coffin Monday. Back home in Milwaukee, the family of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Jeremiah Michael Collins Junior, known by his family as "Jay Jay" is having a difficult time saying goodbye.
Toward the end of his high school career at Milwaukee's Hamilton High School, Collins had considered joining the army, but ultimately he chose to be a marine, and he gave it his all.
"He became a marine to become somebody and he became a great marine and his career may be short but he managed to get two promotions and meet a lot of great people," said Shannon Collins.
The military has not yet released details about how Collins died in Afghanistan. It was his first tour of duty.