Massachusetts Marine killed in helicopter crash honored

Cpl. Christopher Orlando died in January collision off coast of Hawaii

USMC Corporal Christopher Orlando (Image Credit: Massachusetts State Police)

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town is saying its final goodbyes to local Marine who died in a helicopter crash in Hawaii earlier this year.

A memorial service for Cpl. Christopher Orlando is was held Friday morning at St. Paul Catholic Church in Hingham, south of Boston.

The service comes three and a half months after Orlando and 11 other Marines died Jan. 14 in a midair collision of two helicopters during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii’s coast.

The 23-year-old Orlando had been in the Marines more than three years and was stationed at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii.

Only traces of DNA were found in the recovery effort following the crash.

Friday’s service included eulogies and a presentation of military honors to his parents.

 

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