Fallen Minn. Marine 'died doing what he loved to do' - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Fallen Minn. Marine 'died doing what he loved to do'

Posted: Updated:
WASECA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson was killed during a combat mission in Afghanistan and his body has now returned home to Waseca. A procession was held Saturday -- a day filled with emotion -- because for the Waseca community, it's still hard to accept he's gone.

The-20-year old was scheduled to come back home from Afghanistan in only two months, but friends say he always wanted to serve his country and died doing what he loved to do.  

The casket carrying the body of Lance Cpl. Erickson arrived at Owatonna Airport Sunday afternoon with his mother, father,and other family members being consoled by fellow marines. 

"We're praying for them, we are and they have all our respect their son is a true hero," one supporter said.

Lance Cpl. Erickson died in Afghanistan last week after a suicide bomb attack. He joined the Marines after graduating from Waseca High School in 2012, where friends like Amanda Southwick say he excelled in wrestling and football.

"I was obviously sad, but comforted to know that he died doing what he loved to do," Southwick said.

Escorted by a military honor guard, the Ericksons led a procession along Old Highway 14, and on their way back home to Waseca, hundreds -- if not thousands -- of supporters lined the route.

"In this day and age it's hard to find young men, kids who want to serve their country and this young man did,"another attendee said.

Block after block, everyone waited patiently in the cold to pay their respects. Many didn't even know him.

A funeral for Lance Cpl. Erickson will be on Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca and Gov. Dayton ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 50 favorite photos from the Minnesota State Fair

    50 favorite photos from the Minnesota State Fair

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:26:10 GMT
    MNFFA Association visits the Fox 9 booth with a Miracle of BirthMNFFA Association visits the Fox 9 booth with a Miracle of Birth
    The Great Minnesota Get-Together is back with its hottest starting day in 20 years, 28 new foods and thousands of memories to be captured in photographs.
    The Great Minnesota Get-Together is back with its hottest starting day in 20 years, 28 new foods and thousands of memories to be captured in photographs.
  • Search for Ty Hoffman called off after bank robbery in Blaine, Minn.

    Search for Ty Hoffman called off after bank robbery in Blaine, Minn.

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:11:43 GMT
    Ramsey County sheriff's officials said the search for Ty Hoffman has "heated up" after a suspect in the robbery at TCF Bank in Blaine appeared to match his description on Sunday.
    Ramsey County sheriff's officials said the search for Ty Hoffman has "heated up" after a suspect in the robbery at TCF Bank in Blaine appeared to match his description on Sunday.
  • Happy 15th anniversary, Fox 9 Morning News!

    Happy 15th anniversary, Fox 9 Morning News!

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:38:48 GMT
    The Fox 9 Morning News is celebrating 15 years of history, 15 years of bloopers and 15 years of bringing you what you love.
    The Fox 9 Morning News is celebrating 15 years of history, 15 years of bloopers and 15 years of bringing you what you love.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices