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Local Fallen Marine Laid to Rest

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YAKIMA, Wash- A local marine who was killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest Wednesday.  Some came from as close as Yakima, many from his home town White Swan, and others from as far as Arizona all to pay their respects to Lance Corporal Joe Michael Jackson.

A crowd of about two hundred watched today as 22-year-old Lance Corporal Joe M. Jackson arrived at his final resting place. His burial included tributes from friends and family, the Yakama Nation, and of course the Marine Corps.  First sergeant Michael Lillie shared his experience of being with Jackson's family through their grieving process since last Sunday…when he broke the news of his death.

"The highest honor I have ever been given to represent the Marine Corps is honoring this person", says First Sergeant  Lillie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Over the last week many people have come to know and connect with Jackson's family who have been very open about how much he means to them. One friend says Jackson loved them just as much.

"It was an honor to be a friend, and honor to be part of the family,  it was an honor to tattoo him.  A lot of times when you tattoo people they spill their souls to you and he told me he wouldn't be where he his today if it wasn't for Shawn and Faye", says Martin Morales, a friend of Lcpl. Jackson.

Although during the burial, Lance Corporal Jackson received Yakama Nation tribal honors, he is actually a member of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.  A few of them drove up for the memorial services and said that although they never knew him, he's a hero to their people.

"We have Ira Hayes from WWII now Joe Jackson is part of the story there as well as the history here", says Tony Mc Daniel of the Gila River Indian Community.

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