First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips' body arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Friday.
A total of four Marines were killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in California last Tuesday. The Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar.
A short time ago, #USMC 1st Lt. Sam Phillips arrived at RDU. Last week, he sacrificially gave his life in service of our great nation during a training exercise. Welcome home, hero.— RDU Int'l Airport (@RDUAirport) April 13, 2018
Thank you to the @USOofNC for coordinating his arrival ceremony. pic.twitter.com/7DGuAEBlRo
The 27-year-old was a pilot. He joined the Marine Corps in August 2013.