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Memorial service set for Marine killed in crash off Japan

December 22, 2018

TREMONT, Ill. (AP) — A weekend memorial service is scheduled for a central Illinois Marine who died after his refueling plane collided with a fighter jet off Japan’s southern coast.

Cpl. Daniel E. Baker of Tremont was one of five Marines who went missing in the Dec. 6 crash and declared dead after a search-and-rescue effort. Two other crew members initially went missing but were recovered. One of them died.

Baker was a 2015 graduate of Tremont High School, where he participated in robotics and the soccer club. The 21-year-old joined the Marines in 2016 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in February.

A memorial service is set for Saturday morning in Tremont.

Baker is survived by his parents, a sister and grandparents.

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