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Navy corpsman killed in Afghanistan while on patrol with Marines

The remains of a 19-year-old Navy corpsman killed while on a foot patrol with Marines in Afghanistan were returned Saturday night to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Riley Gallinger-Long of Cornelius, Ore., was killed Thursday while on patrol in Marjah. He was the 45th Navy corpsman killed in Iraq and Afghanistan; corpsmen accompany Marines into combat to be ready to provide emergency medical aid.

Gallinger-Long is survived by his wife, Hope, his mother, Susan Blanchard, and his twin brother, Wyatt, who is also in the Navy.


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Photo: The casket of Corpsman Riley Gallinger-Long arrives at Dover Air Force Base. Credit: U.S. Air Force

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