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SAN DIEGO - A procession took place Wednesday afternoon for Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, one of the six Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a disaster relief mission in Nepal.

The Patriot Guard Riders led the procession, which was going to meet Sgt Seaman's plane as it arrived in San Diego Wednesday. They were set to stage at Spanish Landing on N Harbor Drive at 5:30 p.m. The procession then accompanied Seaman and his family to Murrieta.

Sgt. Seaman's funeral was set for 10 a.m. on Friday. He is survived by his wife, his daughter and his son.

Sgt. Seaman was originally from Murrieta, California. He trained at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego then reported to Pensacola for Crew Chief Indoctrination Training. After graduating, he reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 in Camp Pendleton for Advanced Crew Chief training.

He then joined Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 ‘Vengeance’ and graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Crew Chief Instructor course, after which he deployed to Afghanistan.

Sergeant Seaman received the Air Medal with Strike/Flight bronze numeral ‘5’, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and the NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal.