Marine killed in Afghanistan had ticket home to Oregon for Christmas

Marine killed in Afghanistan had ticket home to Oregon for Christmas
In this photo provided by the Buyes family, Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, 21, of Salem, Ore. is shown. Buyes died Saturday during combat operations in Helmand province. (AP Photo/Buyes Family handout)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — His father says Cpl. Adam J. Buyes had purchased a ticket home for Christmas before he was killed in Afghanistan.

The family of the Marine from Salem has been told the 21-year-old field radio operator was on foot patrol Saturday when he died.

His remains arrived Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. His parents, Mike and Carla Buyes of Salem, and his younger brother Tyler were there.

His father told the Salem Statesman Journal his son had been in Afghanistan since May and was scheduled to return to his unit's base in Okinawa, Japan, by next week.

The airline flight home was scheduled Dec. 22.

Buyes was a 2008 graduate of McKay High School in Salem. His brother Joshua also is a Marine and returned from Afghanistan three weeks ago.


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