Cpl. Justin J. Cain, 22, of Manitowoc, Wis., died Oct. 13 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was ssigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Survivors include his father: Jim Cain, Sheboygan Falls; his mother and stepfather: Judy (Tim) Stock, Manitowoc; two sisters: Jolene Cain, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jeanne Cain, Manitowoc; paternal grandparents: John and Ethel Cain Sr., Maribel; maternal grandparents; Wayne and La Verne Luckow, Manitowoc; aunts and uncles: Candis Cain, Green Bay; Kathleen Cain, Glencoe, Okla.; John and Jane Cain Jr., Green Bay; Jeff Cain, Green Bay; Jerry and Julie Cain, Mishicot; Melody Cain, Maribel; Joel and Deb Cain, Green Bay; Jed and Sheri Cain, Waupaca; Shawn Furrh, Stillwater, Okla.; Jesse and Jenny Cain, Maribel; Craig and Colleen Cornell, Seymour; Kay Grady, Manitowoc; Deb and Chuck Schuh, Valders; Jim and Shelly Luckow, Manitowoc; Jon and Diane Luckow; Manitowoc; nephew: Dominic Hernandez. Other relatives, friends and survivors of the Marine Unit 3/5 also survive. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; Jason Cain; and Nick Jost.
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Marine killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has been laid to rest in eastern Wisconsin.
A private funeral for Cpl. Justin Cain was held Monday at his home church in Manitowoc.
The 22-year-old Marine was killed two weeks ago during combat operations in southern Afghanistan.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps escorted Cain’s casket from Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church to the cemetery next door where military members honored the Marine with a gun salute.
WBAY-TV reports flags at state facilities were lowered to half staff Monday in honor of Cain.
Before Justin Cain went to Marine boot camp he was a shy, quiet kid whose wardrobe consisted of black jeans and white shirts. After basic training, he transformed into a confident, assertive man who loved to shop for clothes. Jolene Cain enjoyed seeing her younger brother grow into adulthood. She also was surprised when he ended up becoming quite a clotheshorse; he often sought her fashion advice while shopping near his Marine base in California even though she lives in Arizona.
“He would send me picture messages and ask ‘Does this look good? Does this match?'” Jolene Cain said.
Cain signed up for the Marines a few days after he turned 18. He wanted to see the world, and he did: Iraq, Jordan, Okinawa, Philippines and Afghanistan. On his first overseas deployment to Jordan, Cain managed a quick visit to the ancient city of Petra, running through the canyon leading to the famous ruins with his buddies.
One of the last fun things Cain did before shipping out to Afghanistan was watching the Packers beat the Colts at Lambeau Field in August. Jolene Cain managed to talk to her brother on Facebook a few times before he was killed in October, two weeks after he arrived in the war zone. One of their last Facebook conversations was during the Packers’ game against Detroit in Green Bay as Jolene gave him scoring updates.
Cain was excited about the Packers’ chances. “He was like – the Packers are going all the way this year; they’re going all the way to the Super Bowl!”