The body of a Kokomo Marine is returning to his home country. Sgt. Bradley Atwell was killed Saturday in a Taliban attack on a British base in Afghanistan. His body is arriving at Dover Air Force base Wednesday night, where his family is waiting.
U.S. Marine Corps recruiter Cory Carter says he remembers Atwell as the life of the program that prepared new recruits for boot camp.
“Everybody there – all the younger kids that were still in high school or just got out of high school – always looked up to him,” he says.
He says, like many who knew Atwell, he was shocked when he heard the news of his death.
“I know when I got the news, I was extremely devastated,” he says. “Even though I am senior to him, I still looked up to him. He was a great Marine, even a better person.”
The Kokomo community is holding a prayer at Foster Park in Kokomo at 6:30 p.m. The funeral has not been scheduled.