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An Iwakuni-based Marine was hit and killed by a train early Sunday while walking alone in Shunan city about 25 miles from base, police and base officials said.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni officials said they were withholding identification of the Marine until his next of kin are notified, but he was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, said base spokesman Maj. Stuart Upton.

A Shunan police spokesman identified the Marine as Benjamin Allen Rush, 22. His rank was not available.

The police spokesman said Rush was walking by himself at 1:38 a.m. near a JR Sanyo Honsen railroad crossing in Shingu-cho after drinking with his friends in Shunan city. He died immediately when hit by an express train with sleeping berths, the spokesman said.

He said the train operator heard a thud, noticed that the train had hit something and stopped. The train was stopped for one hour and 35 minutes, the police spokesman said.

Upton said a memorial service is planned tentatively for 3 p.m. Tuesday in the base chapel. He said those wishing to attend should call DSN 253-5551 to confirm the time.

Upton said the Marine’s body will be returned to his family in Ohio to be buried with full military honors. He said the Marine, an ordnance technician, had been stationed at Iwakuni since June 3.

Police are investigating the incident. Base officials are conducting a reciprocal investigation, Upton said.

Shunan, previously called the town of Tokuyama, is a popular destination for Iwakuni base residents, Upton said.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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