Fallen Marine Arrives Home

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

December 28, 2010 Updated Dec 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – 22-year-old Lance Cpl. William H. Crouse IV has returned home after being killed last Tuesday in Afghanistan by an IED. Crouse’s bomb sniffing dog was by his side and also died.

It was Lance Corporal Crouse's first tour of duty in Afghanistan. He had been there only six weeks before an improvised explosive device claimed his life and that of his K-9.

In his dignified transfer today dozens of family members, military members and police K-9s greeted Lance Corporal Crouse’s casket. The ceremony, somber in mood and respectful of military protocol, lasted about 30 minutes.

A procession followed the ceremony. Police around Northeast Indiana led the procession.

The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 29th at the First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road. Calling is from 10 a.m. until the service.

Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

Crouse attended Northrop High School before his family moved to South Carolina.

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