As the flag of the United States Marine Corps fluttered in the hot wind Sunday afternoon, a charter jet bearing the body of Lance Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, of Logansport, U.S. Marine Corps, taxied to its stop on the runway at Grissom Air Reserve Base, at Peru.
Six Marine sergeants in their dress blues formed as a party of pallbearers for the dignified transfer of his remains to his family.
Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed during a suicide bombing near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, a bombing in which 60 Afghans also died.
The Marines, his comrades, silently carried the gray, flag-draped casket to a white hearse, which was the lead car in a motorcade off the base.
As the cars exited Grissom, it was under a large U.S. flag, held aloft by two cranes on either side of the road. Underneath the sides of the road were lined with service members.
Grief for Sanchez has been expressed all over the world, and by members of the Indiana congressional delegation.
His body was taken to a Logansport funeral home.