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Pain of Marine Tragedy in Nevada Reaches Delmarva

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(Courtesy: 512th Airlift Wing) (Courtesy: 512th Airlift Wing)

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WBOC) - The pain of a military tragedy in Nevada is reaching Delmarva.

Seven marines were killed this week when a mortar round exploded inside of its tube. One of those killed was Lance Cpl. William Wild IV of Severna Park, Maryland. His father, Chief Master Sgt. William Wild III, is the top enlisted airman in the 512th Reserve Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base.

"Awesome son. Awesome brother. Awesome friend. Awesome marine," said Wild, describing his son, who everyone called Taylor.

Wild says being a marine was his son's dream. Though it was cut tragically short, he got to live that dream.     

"Taylor knew what he wanted to be. He wanted to be marine. How are you going to argue with that? Yeah, I would have liked to see him wearing the blue. But he wanted to be a marine."

This week DAFB wasn't just the place where wild serves his country but also where his 21-year-old son's remains came after the accident. Wild says when he is on base the fact that the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation is there, too, is always in the back of his mind.

"Having seen the work that the wonderful folks at AFMAO do," he said. "I know those marines are being well taken care of right now. I just appreciate it that much more - the support from the folks at Team Dover. It's just phenomenal."

Even after nearly three decades in the reserves, Wild says he never expected to be on this side of the dignified transfer process.

"It breaks your heart to see it. And then to be a part of it is a whole different dynamic. It's been tough. It really has been."

But he says it won't stop him from being back at the Dover Air Force Base to serve when he's scheduled to next month.

"The heaviness in my heart is going to be there," he said. "But we have a mission. And we need to continue with that mission. It can't change. It doesn't change."

According to the 512th Airlift Wing, Lance Cpl. Wild we be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. That is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 in the morning.

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