The remains of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S., arriving Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Del.; Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pa., and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, N.Y., were killed on Monday when a bomb struck their vehicle near Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, the Pentagon said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The three were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, a Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit. Slutman was a 15-year veteran of the New York Fire Department. He grew up in Maryland and lived in Delaware and New York.
An aunt of Hendriks, Lorraine Caliendo, told Newsday that his brother Joseph, also a Marine, will be escorting Hendricks' remains back home.