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Bodies of 7 Marines killed in blast quietly flown out of Nevada

Hawthorne Army Depot Tragedy

A sign telling residents about a memorial service is posted at the Convention Center in Hawthorne, Nev., near the Hawthorne Army Depot on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, where seven Marines were killed and several others seriously injured in a training accident Monday night, about 150 miles southeast of Reno in Nevada's high desert. Launch slideshow »

The bodies of the seven Marines killed in a mortar blast during a training session have quietly been flown out of Nevada on a C-17 military transport plane.

Nevada Army National Guard Maj. April Conway says the Marines requested their transport not be publicized. She says seven hearses drove in a procession with a police escort Wednesday evening from Renown Regional Medical Center to the Nevada Air Guard base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

She says there was a small ceremony on the runway ramp before the caskets were loaded into the C-17 for the flight to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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