02 Jul '17, 11pm

After long journey, deceased Marine's belongings return home

ELYRIA, Ohio — Goose was on his last foot patrol. He was 24 and had been in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan — "the worst of the hellhole" — for maybe five months, his dad said. The proud Marine had a new wife back in Georgia, and he was going to be shipping home to her soon. But an improvised explosive device changed the ending to the story. One step and Lance Cpl. Joseph Ryan "Goose" Giese was gone. A world away in Las Vegas, his dad Larry Giese was on the computer at exactly 9:03 a.m. Jan. 7, 2011, booking flights to go see his son's battalion return to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At 9:04 a.m., his world split apart forever. It started with a knock. The retired Lorain, Ohio, police officer saw a Marine captain and a gunnery sergeant at his door. Giese, a former Marine himself, automatically saluted the captain. "We got to the door and he didn't really realize what ...

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