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Unhappy Marine escorts the body of his brother back to the US along with two other soldiers a

Marine escorts the body of his brother back to the US along with two other soldiers also killed by roadside bomb
By: George Martin for Dailymail - 4-12-19

- Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb

- His brother Joseph, also a Marine, was given leave to escort his body home

- Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, were also killed

A Marine has escorted the body of his brother and two other soldiers back to the US after they were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31,and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, were killed Monday when a bomb struck their vehicle near Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.

Cpl. Hendriks' brother Joseph Hendriks, who is also in a Marine, was reportedly with the cortege as the soldier's bodies were unloaded on Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of on of the soldiers on Thursday as the bodies arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware

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Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks's (left) brother Joseph (right), who is also a Marine, was given leave to escort Robert's body back to the US

Robert Hendriks' aunt, Lorraine Caliendo, told Newsday that Joseph had been given special permission by the military to escort Hendricks' remains back home.
Ms Caliendo described Robert as a 'sweet, kind and loving young man'.

She added that Joseph has just started a tour in Afghanistan but has had to postpone his tour of duty because of Robert's death.

Caliendo said both brothers hoped to become police officers after their military service and called Robert's death a 'horrible, horrible thing'.

In the aftermath of the deadly incident, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which killed the three men who were in Afghanistan with 25th Marine Regiment, a Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit.

Slutman was a 15-year veteran of the New York Fire Department. He grew up in Maryland and lived in Delaware and New York.

The fatalities brought to seven the number of U.S. troops killed this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year conflict.

Relatives of the deceased Marines were invited to witness what the military calls a dignified transfer in which the cases containing the remains are transferred to a vehicle from the aircraft that ferried them to the United States.

Media access to the transfer event is allowed if agreed by the family of the fallen service member, under a policy initiated in March 2009.


Personal note: We send our sympathies to the Family and Friends of those who are lost to battle.

Our respects from the to the fallen.


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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