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Body of Maine Soldier Returns Home 

Catherine Pegram

The body of a Maine soldier killed in Afghanistan is now back home. 24-year-old Private First Class Buddy McLain of Mexico died last week. His body arrived at the Portland Jetport this morning. McLain was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He and five other soldiers were training Afghan police recruits when one of the recruits turned his weapon on the group.McLain’s widow, Chelsea, and his parents were at the Portland Jetport this morning to greet a charter plane carrying his body.McLain also leaves behind his 15-month-old son, Owen. Chelsea says she wants her husband to be remembered as a hero. “I love having him home. I always wanted to wait for that day when he came home and he never left again. Obviously, I didn’t want it like this but you know, I know he’s never leaving again. He’s always going to be home.”After a small ceremony, a police escort took McLain’s body from Portland to the Meader and Son Funeral Home in Rumford.Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday and from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home on Franklin Street.McLain’s funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Valley High School, where he graduated. Governor Baldacci has order flags to be flown at half-staff that day.