Body of Staff Sgt. Emrick arrivese at Mid America Airport.
By Kathleen Berger
Mascoutah, IL (KSDK) -- The body of a fallen Marine is brought home to Hoyleton, Illinois this Veterans Day at Mid America Airport in Mascoutah.
The family of Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick says he knew this could happen, saying he knew his father could one day wait for the plane that would bring him home to his resting place in Hoyleton, Illinois.
Body of Staff Sgt. Emrick arrival - AERIAL PHOTOS
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"Jordan died doing what he wanted to do and he died defending the country," said Terry Emrick, Jordan's father.
Terry Emrick remembers the day his son's life took a different path. It was September 11, 2001.
"That kind of inspired him to make his career change. He was scheduled to go to college. He was going to go to St. Louis College of Pharmacy," Emrick said.
Instead, Staff Sgt. Emrick spent eight years in the Marines, specializing in the disposal of explosives. He was part of an EOD company out of Camp Pendleton.
"Thoroughly enjoyed it. He knew what his job was and he knew his job well," Emrick said.
So well, his son enlisted for another four years, but had plans after serving his 12th year.
"He felt at that point and time he might want to do something different and start a family, but he wasn't going to have a family while he was in the Corps, he didn't want to put a wife and children in a situation we are in today," said Emrick.
Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
"It was an IED that did kill him. We don't know much more than that aspect. We understand they were on foot patrol, and that he made contact with one, we just know the circumstance and probably won't know, and I don't need to know that," Emrick said.
All he needs is to remember his son the way he always was. "High spirited young man," said Emrick.
And to remember why he died, why so many strangers honor him.
"There's still strong support for our military and for our country," Emrick said.
Visitation for Staff Sgt. Emrick will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton. His funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Flags were flown at half-staff in his community in honor of his ultimate sacrifice.