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Marine Free Fall Instructors Honor Deceased Marine In Unique Way

Marine Corps free fall instructors honored late Marine Corps Sgt. Brett Jaffe last week by releasing his ashes in mid-air, above the Phillips Drop Zone on Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett said of the gesture:

"It was an honor and privilege to take this Marine on his last jump and give him a proper hail and farewell."

Rhett and the other free fall instructors are assigned to Marine Detachment, Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

According to, the 41-year-old Sgt. Jaffe died July 15 in a Jet Ski accident at Boca Reservoir in Northern California. The Daily Pilot reports Jaffe served in the Marines for 11 years.

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