NJ Marine killed in crash gets motorcade escort home
FREEHOLD TWP — The New Jersey Marine who was among 16 killed when their plane crashed into a soybean field earlier this month will have a motorcade including several motorcycle clubs bring him to a Monmouth County funeral home on Monday.
The Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club said in a statement that they and other clubs will escort the body of Cpl. Dan Baldassare from Dover Air Force Base to the Clayton & McGirr funeral home in Freehold Monday morning.
Baldassare was killed while onboard a refueling jet when it crashed 85 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi. He was a member of a unit stationed at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.
In a statement on its Facebook page the club said it is "dedicated to the principals of honor and integrity and to always remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country and community and are honored to be able to provide this escort."
The motorcade is expected to leave the Delaware base at 10 a.m. and arrive at the funeral home around 12:30 p.m. According to the funeral home a service for Baldassare is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Colts Neck High School before being buried at Brig. General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.
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Dan Alexander contributed to this report
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