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Nathan Carlson, a fallen Rockford-area marine, remembered by hundreds

LOVES PARK — People across northern Illinois helped give Machesney Park Marine Cpl. Nathan Carlson a hero’s welcome home Thursday evening as Carlson’s family traveled with Carlson’s body from O’Hare International Airport to Loves Park City Hall.

All along the route families, members of the armed services and law enforcement officers lined overpasses to show their support for Carlson and his family.

The 21-year-old Marine was killed during a military training exercise June 8. The Osprey aircraft crew chief died with four other Marines when the hybrid airplane and helicopter crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border.

Carlson was a 2019 Harlem High School graduate.

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