DOUGLAS Wyo. (AP) - Hundreds of people crowded a high school gymnasium in central Wyoming on Wednesday to pay their respects to a U.S. Marine killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.
Many held small American flags at the service in Douglas to show support for 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean O'Connor, a rifleman killed June 12 in Helmand province.
O'Connor enlisted in May 2007, shortly after graduating from the high school where his funeral was held. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif. His decorations included the Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon.
Teacher Ed Sheridan said O'Connor who took great pride in being the best. Sheridan noted that O'Connor was born on a Marine Corps base in California and that his father, Daniel O'Connor, was a Marine.