Body of Marine killed in Kuwait is back in U.S.

March 29, 2003|By Reginald Fields | Reginald Fields,SUN STAFF

The body of Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall D. Waters-Bey, a Northeast Baltimore native who was among the first casualties of the Iraq war, is back in the United States.

Waters-Bey's body was flown to Dover Air Force Base early Thursday morning, his father said. The military has told Waters-Bey's family the remains will be turned over to them in three to five days. At that point, the family will begin planning services to be held in Baltimore.

Waters-Bey, 29, died when the helicopter he was aboard crashed March 20, the second day of combat.

The military is still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred in Kuwait just south of the Iraqi border. Three other Marines and eight British soldiers also aboard the helicopter were killed.

A memorial service for the Marines killed in the helicopter crash was held Tuesday at Camp Pendleton in California where Waters-Bey was based as part of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft. He was the crew chief for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter that crashed.

His wife, Belinda Waters-Bey of San Diego, attended the memorial and said her husband "loved to fly" and died "doing what he wanted to do," according to a Camp Pendleton press release.

Waters-Bey, who attended Northern and Harbor City high schools and joined the Marines after graduation, is also survived by a 10-year-old son, Kenneth Waters-Bey of Baltimore.

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