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A Marine team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday. According to the Department of Defense, Cpl. Birchfield, of LaPorte, Ind., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Associated Press)

A Marine team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday. According to the Department of Defense, Cpl. Birchfield, of LaPorte, Ind., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Associated Press)

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