Bethalto Marine mourned, buried with honors
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Bethalto Marine mourned, buried with honors

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BETHALTO Hundreds of mourners gathered inside and outside a Bethalto church today to pay final respects to a fallen Marine.

Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. "Kenny" Corzine of Bethalto was remembered as a good friend who smiled a lot, enjoyed life and hoped to spend more time with his young daughter, Macy Mae Hart, 3.

His cousin and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Michael Benton, said he felt blessed that they were able to serve together but was heartbroken by Corzine's death.

"Kenny didn't die in vain, and he won't be forgotten," Benton said. "Let's never forget him. Semper Fi."
The streets along the route between Cornerstone Assembly of God Church and the cemetery were lined with American flags and hundreds of mourners, including dozens of schoolchildren, despite bitterly cold winds.

Corzine was buried with full military honors at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. The flag that had covered his casket was presented to his daughter, who was held by his brother and fellow Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Corzine.

Kenny Corzine, 23, lost both legs and suffered severe injuries to one arm when a roadside bomb detonated on Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He died on Dec. 24 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Corzine was a rifleman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He had enlisted in 2007 and was serving in his first combat deployment.


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