Motorcycle guard accompanies fallen Marine, Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, to Virginia home
STAFFORD, Va. (AP/WJLA) - The body of a Marine killed one week ago in Afghanistan came home to Virginia on Friday amid a procession of motorcyclists.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart died as a result of what the Pentagon calls a hostile incident in Helmand Province.
The 34-year-old's body was transported Friday afternoon from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Friday to Stafford County, accompanied by a procession of motorcyclists made up of current and former police, fire and rescue workers and military members.
“It’s an honor for us to escort him to his final resting place…He lost his life fighting for our country you know, and for us to be able to help out and make sure everything goes smoothly for him and his family, it’s a big honor," said Corporal Mike Ashe with the Prince George's County Motorcycle Unit.
Stewart's funeral is set for Tuesday at the Marine Corps Base Quantico chapel.
He was deployed three times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Kristine, and two young children, Mackenzie and Marshall.