Fallen IL Marine Nathan Carlson will be laid to rest this week


A Machesney Park family will be welcoming their late husband, son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend into their home this week, and we need to be there to show our respect and support.

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The Life of Marine Corporal Nathan Carlson

According to his obituaryNathan Carlson entered the Marine corp right after graduating from Harlem High School in 2019. After completing boot camp, Nathan quickly rose through the ranks of the Marines and earned the title of corporal in September 2020. After returning from deployment in 2021, Nathan married “the love of his life”, Emily Baxter, and it’s beyond heartbreaking that their time together was too short.

Marine Corporal Nathan Carlson’s body returns home

Marine Corporal Nathan Carlson of Machesney Park and four other Marines were killed on June 8, 2022, when the Osprey they were piloting crashed while training in California. On Thursday (June 30), this hero will return home and we will all have the chance to show our respect for the grieving family and friends he left behind.

This Thursday, June 30, the Stateline community was invited to line the streets in support of Corporal Carlson’s body as it makes its journey from O’Hare Airport to Machesney Park. I recently came across this request in the What’s going on in Belvidere, Illinois? Facebook group that says in part;

His remains will arrive at O’Hare Airport on June 30 around 4:30 p.m. He will be escorted to Machesney Park, Illinois to prepare for his funeral. Our goal is to line every overpass from O’Hare to Loves Park, safely. He deserves it and we want his family to see how much we appreciate his service and known sacrifice.

Corporal Carlson’s funeral will take place this Saturday, July 2, 2022, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Harlem High School. There will also be a maritime overflight after the service. So as you see these planes soar through the skies this weekend, please take a moment to pray for the extraordinary sacrifice and family of Marine Corporal Nathan Carlson. My prayers are with you all in the days ahead.

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