Body of fallen marine to return to U.S. this evening

DOVER, D.E. (WKTV) - The body of a Floyd man and U.S. Marine, killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, will return to the United States Thursday evening.

According to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, a dignified transfer for Lance Corporal Blaise A. Oleski, 22, of Floyd, will be conducted at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:35 p.m.

According to the Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, a dignified transfer is the process by which, upon the return from the area operations to the United States, the remains of fallen military members are transferred from the aircraft to a waiting vehicle and then to the Port Mortuary.

The dignified transfer is not a ceremony; but instead a solemn movement of the transfer case by a "carry team" of military personnel from the fallen member's respective service.

A dignified transfer is conducted for every U.S. military member who dies in operation while in the service of their country. A senior ranking officer of the fallen member's service presides over each dignified transfer.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized for Lance Corporal Oleski.

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