GRANTSBURG — A small Wisconsin town has said goodbye to a Marine killed in the attack on a Navy-Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
More than 60 people in military uniforms saluted as an honor guard of Marine pallbearers carried Sgt. Carson Holmquist’s flag-draped coffin to a hearse on the way to a private burial with military honors.
A dozen members of a Marine Corps honor guard stood watch as fellow Marines in dress blue uniforms carried the coffin of Sgt. Carson Holmquist into Grantsburg Senior High School for a public visitation Saturday.
The 25-year-old Holmquist grew up in the northwestern Wisconsin town of 1,300. He graduated in 2008 from Grantsburg High School, where the U.S. flag was flying at half-staff.
Sgt. Holmquist joined the Marines in 2009 and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Holmquist was among four Marines and a sailor who were killed in the July 16 attack. Police later killed the attacker during a shootout.
Gov. Scott Walker canceled two presidential campaign stops to attend the visitation and funeral. He ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset.