Man with local ties killed in Afghanistan

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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By:  Dan Linehan-Mankato Free Press

A Waseca, MN Marine was killed Friday while serving in Afghanistan, according to his sister.

Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, 20, was the gunner in the last truck of a convoy that was attacked by a suicide bomber at about 4 a.m. Mankato time and 4 p.m. local time, Rue Erickson said Saturday.

He was airlifted to a medical facility, where he died. No one else in the convoy suffered life-threatening injuries, she said.

Erickson was a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School, where he was involved in football, wrestling and other activities, she said. He joined the Marines immediately after high school. According to the Waseca County News, he graduated from Marine Corps recruit training on Oct. 12 of that year.

“He was known for always having a smile on his face and being happy,” his sister wrote in an email. “He always lightened everybody’s moods.”

He had that huge smile on his face the day  before the blast, she wrote, when he told his rack mate and close friend that he would see him when he returned.

He also loved spending time with his parents and sister, she said, and also going to his nanas and papas, where he saw his aunts, uncles and cousins.

His deployment was scheduled to end in April or May.

 

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