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A. U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant of New Hampshire on Monday at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Garabrant, 19, was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Monadnock area family of killed Marine travels to Delaware for arrival of body

Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, a 19-year-old Marine from Greenfield who gave his life for his country Friday, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday night.

“It was very emotional for me. The first step for it becoming real, even more real,” his mother, Jessie Garabrant of Rindge, said Tuesday night.

The family was flown to Delaware by the Marines to observe his arrival in a small and quiet ceremony, she said.

“We were there to basically witness the transfer from the plane to the van to go to the mortuary,” she said. “But each crew that does it is all in sync, and it’s a very precise process for each” flag-covered coffin.

She hopes to know Thursday or Friday when her son’s body will be flown into Manchester. A memorial service and burial will be planned when the family receives his body, Garabrant said.

“The support from the Marines and the community and our family and friends has been overwhelming and extremely helpful during this very difficult time,” she said.

On Friday, Garabrant was one of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the final months of America’s combat mission there, according to officials.

He was the son of John Garabrant and Jessie Garabrant and had a younger brother and sister, Jacob and Mykala.

He loved serving others, his mother said, and did as a Peterborough police and fire explorer, a Temple firefighter and a Marine.

Garabrant, a 2013 graduate of ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, became the focus of national attention last year after his request to graduate in his Marine Corps dress uniform was turned down. He chose not to fight the decision and to graduate in the traditional cap and gown “out of respect for the USMC and ConVal,” he said at the time.

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