Douglas Honors Fallen Marine

by Megan Contreras, mcontreras@k2tv.com 

The body of a Douglas Marine killed in Afghanistan came home today. 

22-year-old, Lance Corporal Sean O'Connor's body landed at the Converse County Airport at around two this afternoon. 

Hundreds gathered along the streets in Douglas this afternoon to pay their respects to Lance Corporal Sean O'Connor and the sacrifice he gave to our country. 

It was clear today, this community is touched by this young man. 

Everyone had flags in their hands, hands over their hearts and as they got their first glimpse of the hearse, they all stopped talking and it was absolute silence. 

You could have heard a pin drop. 

Many saluted as the procession went on by.

Mayor Bruce Jones calles O'Connor, "a hometown hero."

O'Connor was killed Sunday while on patrol in a region southwest of Afghanistan.

He enlisted in the Marines in May of 2007 and was based out of Camp Pendleton, California.

Some of his decorations include the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Service and Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Mayor Jones adds that the citizens of Douglas understand the sacrifices made by our military and that is why today is so important.

To honor O'Connor...Governor Matt Mead requested flags to be at half staff through Wednesday at sundown.