Marine Killed In Afghanistan Laid To Rest In New Jersey

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Funeral services were held today for Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca.

The young Marine lost his life defending his country.

“I think it’s very upsetting. He’s only 20 years old,” said Abbie Roman of North Arlington. “My son’s 3 and I can’t imagine losing him at 20, for any reason. But I know his family is proud he died fighting for us.”

Osbrany enlisted in the Marines alongside his twin brother just after they graduated high school about a year and a half ago. He was walking off base in Afghanistan last week when a sniper’s bullet hit him in the back, killing him.

“Especially as young as he was, he would’ve had a great life ahead of him, especially the way he was,” said Marquis Griffin.

Osbrany’s two brothers stood in uniform outside the funeral home while his casket was placed into the hearse for the ceremonial procession. They are also Marines. They were both given the option to stay home and not return to war, but both declined saying now, more than ever, they want to get back to the fight.

“It just says a lot about a Marine’s character,” said Gunnery Sgt. Harold McLean of the U.S. Marine Corps. “You mourn your loss, but at the end of the day, you want to carry on the mission.”

Dozens crowded the street to salute Osbrany. His family dried their tears and his girlfriend gained strength from those around her, reported CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider. The community turned out to support them all.

“We all stick together, which as you see here, we’re all participating and everything,” said Army veteran Joseph Gajda.

Flags were lowered to half staff at the Queen of Peace church for the funeral. They’ll be flown at half staff Tuesday statewide by order of Governor Chris Christie.

Christie’s decision to fly flags at half staff to honor singer Whitney Houston prompted a strong reaction. A Michigan man even set fire to the state’s flag in protest.

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  1. Lieut Dan's Aunt says:

    thank you lance cpl de oca and your brothers. the saddest notes in music were played today at the cemetery where you were laid to rest, taps. i have attended too many funerals in new england since the first iraq war. a nephew served 2 iraq tours, and was awarded the purple heart. may your brothers return home safely from their deployment so your family knows no more sadness. be at rest good and faithful servant of the people.

    1. John Snyder says:

      May the good Lord watch and keep over you brother.
      Semper Fi Marine!

      John M. Snyder
      GySgt. USMC (Retired)
      BVA Life Member

  2. Fed Up With The Whitney Houston PITY PARTY!! says:

    STFU JIM D!

    1. Jim D. says:

      Did you read the article idiot.

  3. Kleetis Slywage says:

    Thank you for your service Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca. Condolences to his family and fellow Marines. May he rest in peace…

  4. Big Nards says:

    Semper Fi Marine.

  5. Barbara Jo Vanatta says:

    The war is over for you now.Rest in peace Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca. You are and always will be remembered as a man of great honer and valor.

  6. Fed Up With The Whitney Houston PITY PARTY!! says:

    I WONDER IF GOVERNOR FATSO WAS FOLLOWING PROTOCOL FOR HOUSTON? IT’S INCONCEIVABLE THAT AN HONOR GIVEN TO FALLEN SOLDIERS COULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO A CELEBRITY KNOWN FOR HER VIOLATION OF DRUG LAWS.

  7. susan says:

    read the article..it says flags will be flown at half staff in his honor..it is a shame the governor is probably doing this because of the criticism ..may this young man rest in peace..

    1. J says:

      the gov. is not doing it because of criticism. People just don’t want to understand that certain protocol has to be followed before the order for the flags to fly at half staff can be given. When final arrangements were made and protocol followed the order was given. Flags have been flown at half staff for all NJ military members that died in combat.

  8. Fed Up With The Whitney Houston PITY PARTY!! says:

    DID THEY FLY THE FLAGS AT HALF MAST FOR HIM? OR DOES GOVERNOR HOG SLOP DO THAT ONLY FOR HAS BEEN CELEBRITY CRACK ADDICTS? THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION!

    1. Jim D. says:

      It seems to be that all these vile comments were made, without reading the article. The stupidity is amazing!!!

    2. tom joy says:

      I couldnt have said it better myself

    3. Frank D says:

      I agree with you about the flags. RIP to a fallen hero. The country is greatful for your service to our country. RIP

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