NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Pentagon says the remains of two World War II Marines from Louisiana and Missouri will be buried Friday with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Nineteen-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas Meek of Lisbon, La., and 23-year-old Capt. Henry White, of Kansas City, died when their SBD-4 Dauntless dive bomber crashed in what is now Vanuatu during a night training flight on July 21, 1943.
The plane was reported as crashed on a coral cliff on Mavea Island. An investigation in 1947 did not recover any remains. One last year found human remains, a captain's bars and Meek's military ID tag.
Because no individual identification was possible, the men will be buried in a single casket.
PATTANI, Thailand (AP) - Officers say four marines have been killed when a homemade bomb exploded as they were inspecting it at a base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.
Capt. Somkiat Ponprayun says the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit believed they had defused the device, which was found Monday along a road in Bacho district in Narathiwat province.
He says officers also found a banner with a message against ongoing peace talks between the government and the insurgents.
Somkiat said the marines took the bomb to their base to study it, and it then exploded. He said it may have had a second triggering device.
Four marines were killed and six others were injured in the blast.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.
Family and friends prepared to say goodbye to Marine Corporal Aaron Ripperda.
The 26-year-old Highland, Illinois native died in a training exercise in March in Nevada. A funeral Mass is set for this morning. Ripperda graduated from Highland High School in 2005.
The Westboro Baptist Church announced they would picket at the funeral. They would protest what they call, “a nation of sodomites and hypocrites”.
A funeral Mass for 26-year-old Cpl. Aaron Ripperda will be held April 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in his hometown of Highland, east of St. Louis.
Ripperda was a 2005 graduate of Highland High School and enlisted in the Marines three years later. His father says his son expected to return home for good in May and attend Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.