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Detroit Marine’s Body Returned To Michigan

HARRISON TWP. (WWJ/AP) – The remains of a 23-year-old Marine who was killed in Afghanistan  were returned to Michigan on Friday.

A spokesman for Selfridge Air National Guard Base said the body of Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II of Detroit arrived at the southeastern Michigan base on Friday morning. Selfridge is next to Mount Clemens in Macomb County’s Harrison Township.

Tech Sgt. Dan Heaton said Stevens received a posthumous promotion from private first class.

The Pentagon said Stevens died last Friday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stevens, was a 2006 graduate of Cass Tech High School and a state champion swimmer. He leaves behind a wife and 3-month-old son, whom he’s never seen.

A funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield.

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