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Adopted town honors its Marine

©Associated Press
April 2, 2003

POWELL, Wyo. -- Hundreds attended a brief but emotional funeral Tuesday for a Marine who was one of the first casualties in the war in Iraq.

Therrel Shane Childers, 30, died March 21 after being shot in an assault on a pumping station in Iraq. Known as Shane, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

Childers was an enlisted Marine who won a commission as a second lieutenant. The 1991 Gulf War veteran was promoted posthumously to first lieutenant.

Flags at state buildings were at half-staff in honor of Childers, who wasn't from the northern Wyoming town but often visited his parents, Joseph and Judy Childers, there.

Residents waving flags lined the town's main street as a hearse carried Childers' body to the college gym for the funeral.

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