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Funeral Thursday for Marine killed in training accident

September 25th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments
Cpl. Nicholas Sell stayed with an aunt and uncle living nearby while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton and never complained when asked to help his uncle chop wood, cousin Sarah Barrah said. This photo is from Sell's last wood haul in August. (Photo courtesy McMahon family)

Cpl. Nicholas Sell stayed with an aunt and uncle living nearby while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton and never complained when asked to help his uncle chop wood, cousin Sarah Barrah said. This photo is from Sell’s last wood haul in August. (Photo courtesy McMahon family)

A Marine killed last week during a training mishap in Twentynine Palms will be remembered Thursday in a small Oregon town.

Cpl. Nicholas Sell, 21, died Monday, Sept. 16, when his Amphibious Assualt Vehicle caught fire. Sell, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, was participating in the Marine Corps’ Integrated Training Exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Sell’s memorial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Trail Christian Fellowship in Shady Cove, Ore. He was a native of Eagle Point, Ore., which is about 10 miles away.

While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Sell stayed with an aunt and uncle who lived nearby. “We will miss him dearly,” his cousin Sarah Barrah told The Desert Sun. “He filled our house with so much joy.” Sell had become more like a brother to her, she said.

Sell’s family is looking for answers to what happened, but that is not their primary focus now, Barrah said.

“Believe me, we all want answers and are angry, but I don’t want that to overshadow his bravery, kindness and just great person that he was. He lived life so fully.”

The Nicholas J. Sell Memorial Fund has been set up for the Marine’s family through an online fundraising website. Funds will help his family “for whatever their needs may be and so they can continue their volunteer work to remember the legacy of their son,” the fund’s homepage says.

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