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    Marine Crew Chief Who Died in Australia Osprey Crash Remembered at Hometown Vigil

    Marine Crew Chief Who Died in Australia Osprey Crash Remembered at Hometown Vigil

    As dusk settled on a quiet neighborhood in Northern Virginia on Thursday night, dozens of electric candles began to materialize in the hands of admirers and well-wishers of Cpl. Spencer Collart, a Marine crew chief who — along with two other Marines — was killed in a V-22 Osprey crash in almost two weeks ago.

    Looking like blinking fireflies, they gathered around a light green bungalow that's just 10 minutes away from where Spencer will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The home belongs to his family and, by the time the sun completely set, the street was lit by roughly 200 people carrying flickering lights, waiting for the vigil to begin.

    In front of the Collarts' porch was a table that held pictures of the three Marines who died in the crash. Spencer's was flanked by those of Capt. Eleanor LeBeau and Maj. Tobin Lewis, the two pilots who were operating the aircraft that carried 20 other troops. Those 20 service members survived the immediate crash, which occurred during a multinational exercise in Australia. Some were rushed to a hospital in the Northern Territory of the country, just south of the Tiwi Islands where the Osprey went down.

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    The vigil came two days after the Marines' remains arrived at Dover Base, Delaware, on Tuesday. Only one of the 20 Marines…

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