SHAWNEE — A Shawnee sailor killed in Afghanistan will be honored at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Hospitalman Eric D. Warren, 23, died Saturday of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device blast in the Sangin District of the Helmand province, authorities said.
VFW Post 1317 will conduct a memorial ceremony at Woodland Veterans Park in Shawnee, said Al Wright, the post commander.
“We're going to place a wreath on the Navy flag, representing the fallen sailor,” Wright said.
House Speaker Kris Steele is expected to attend and deliver remarks, Wright said.
According to The Shawnee News-Star, Warren attended McLoud High School after transferring from Shawnee High School his senior year. Active in drama and wrestling, Warren was described as a caring person who kept in touch with teachers and friends, the News-Star reported.
Warren was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, N.C.
On Facebook, friends of Warren expressed their sadness at the news of his death, and many thanked him for his service.