Body Of Fallen Marine To Be Escorted Home By Motorcade

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BETHEL, Maine (WMTW) Services have been scheduled for the Maine Marine who died after a U.S. military plane crashed off the coast of Australia.

Capt. Benjamin Cross, 26, was from Bethel.

His body will arrive Thursday afternoon at Logan Airport. A motorcade will escort him to Bethel.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at the Telstar Regional High School on Saturday Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., Cross' obituary from Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Services said. A service with full military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery on North Road in Bethel.

Ryan Cross said his brother joined the Marines because he loved challenges and loved to fly.

The MV-22 Osprey had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regularly scheduled operations when it crashed into the water.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, "Capt. Benjamin R. Cross Memorial Scholarship," c/o The VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450.