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Letterkenny honors fallen Pa. Marine

May 16, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Letterkenny Army Depot on Friday recognized fallen soldier Lance Cpl. Michael Freeman Jr., who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Letterkenny's commanding officer, Col. Cheri Provancha, and Lonie Bender, chief of the manufacturing/fabrication division, hosted the Freeman Mill Dedication in Building 350 in the morning.

Freeman was a resident of Fayetteville, Pa., and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 2008. He joined the Marine Corps in August 2008 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Freeman's family and friends joined Glenn Manns of the Chambersburg Borough Council and state Sen. Rich Alloway for the ceremony.

The Ingersoll Gantry Mill runs complex angle machining on programs including Patriot, BIDS, Force Provider and MRAPS. The mill also is used for add-on Armor Programs, IED defeat parts and Rhino vehicle adapter brackets.

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"This was a bittersweet day that I will remember for the rest of my life. I will try to concentrate on the 'sweet' part because of all of the wonderful support everyone has given to this dedication," Bender said in a news release.

"This mill, nicknamed 'Big Blue,' is a multicapable machine with a massive amount of horsepower and is a daily reminder to our employees why we work so hard to support those protecting our liberty and freedom. Just like Michael, this machine is strong," Provancha said.

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