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Body of local Marine returns home on Veterans Day

HOYLETON, Ill. (AP/KMOV) -- Military officials say a 26-year-old southern Illinois Marine has died in Afghanistan after being hit by a roadside bomb.

The U.S. Department of Defense identified the Marine on Sunday as Staff Sergeant Jordon B. Emrick of Hoyleton.

He died last Friday when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province.

Emrick joined the Marines in 2002 and had been serving with a company from Camp Pendleton in California. He was a graduate of Nashville High School in Illinois' Washington County.

This was his third tour of duty.  Emrick had been to Iraq twice before he was deployed to Afghanistan. 

His uncle says that “Jordan was a very intelligent, very energetic young man with a heart of gold and was loved by all. He will be missed by everyone. He always carried an infectious smile on his face and loved the Marine Corps and served them and his country with pride and honor.”

Staff Sgt. Emrick's body will be flown into MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois at noon on Thursday, November 11.

The procession for Emrick will go from the airport to his hometown of Hoyleton. The procession will end at Styninger Funeral Chapel. Free flags can be picked up at the Syninger Funeral Home in Nashville, Illinois. Visitation for Emrick will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12 at Trinity Lutheran church in Hoyleton and the funeral will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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