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Fallen Marine returns to Vermont

Cpl. Ian Muller Cpl. Ian Muller
Photo by Alden Pellett Photo by Alden Pellett
Photo by Alden Pellett Photo by Alden Pellett

Danville, Vermont - March 17, 2011

A somber day for the family of Corporal Ian Muller at Burlington International Airport as they watched the dignified transfer of the fallen Marine. Six Marines carried the casket covered with the American flag and placed it in a motorcade for the Danville native's final ride home.

The 22-year-old was killed last week by an explosion during a combat mission in the dangerous Helmand province in Afghanistan.

"His life was cut short," said Martha Trudeau, a family friend. "We are heartbroken about the life he was going to have. It's not going to unfold."

As the procession passed through Montpelier, lawmakers lined the front of the Statehouse to pay their respects, including Rep. Vicki Strong, R-Albany. Her son was killed in Iraq six years ago.

"It shows us once again the price of freedom. What we should be grateful for everyday," Strong said.

Along the 70-mile trip from the airport to Cpl. Muller's hometown of Danville, hundreds lined the street to pay their respects.

"To show appreciation for all he did, the ultimate sacrifice for all the freedoms we enjoy," said Harry Swett of Danville.

"He died for our country, he died for us, and this is just a small part of saying thank you," said Claudia Racine of Danville.

Many in Danville knew Ian Muller. He was frequently seen at his family's stand at the farmers market and many say his smile was as warm his pretzels.

"It kind of flashes through your mind when you think of him. I miss his big smile," Trudeau said.

Cpl. Muller was home-schooled but played soccer and track for Danville High. He also enjoyed snowboarding and playing the viola.

"When you go to war you don't expect people not to come back. But you always have to be ready for it. It just makes it so much more real to you," said Isaac Trudeau, a family friend.

Cpl. Ian Muller stuck to the marine motto-- Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

Isaac Trudeau said, "He was very proud to be a Marine."

Corporal Ian Muller leaves behind his parents and six brothers and sisters.

Matt Henson - WCAX News

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