Remains of Ben Cross escorted to Bethel


U.S. Marine Ben Cross was killed Aug. 5 when his aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia.

BETHEL (AP) — A Marine who was killed in an August helicopter crash off the coast of Australia will be laid to rest in Maine.

WGME-TV reports the remains of 26-year-old Marine Ben Cross were being returned to Maine on Thursday. Cross was one of three Marines who died when an Osprey crashed into the sea near the city of Rockhampton during military exercises on Aug. 5.

Cross’ remains will be received at Logan Airport in Boston and escorted to his hometown, Bethel, by a motorcade.

Patriot Guard Riders plan to join the motorcade in Kittery. Local fire departments will also pay their respects along the way.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Telstar High School in Bethel.