The remains of a fallen Massachusetts Marine, who died from a flesh-eating disease, will arrive at Boston's Logan Airport on Wednesday.
Eighteen-year-old Becket Kiernan, of Rochester, was on his first assignment in California when he was diagnosed with the disease. He passed away at a Palms Springs hospital on Feb. 5.
According to his obituary, Becket was born in Wareham and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School, where he was an Honors and AP student.
He had dreamed of being a Marine since he was a child.
"Since he was 10-years-old, Becket always dreamed of being a United States Marine. He embodied those values of honor, courage, and commitment and it led him to become a Young Marine," read a portion of his obituary.
Among his accomplishments were Unit Young Marine of the Year, Battalion Young Marine of the Year, the Young Marine Achievement Award, a Marine Corps League Commendation, and a Personal Commendation Award from the National Executive Director of the Young Marines Program.
Becket is survived by his mother and two sisters.
Becket's wake is scheduled for Thursday at the Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home in Mattapoisett. A funeral service will be held Friday at Saint Anthony's Church. He will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.