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Mike Pence speaks at funeral service for fallen Indiana Marine Humberto Sanchez

A hearse carrying the body of Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto "Bert" Sanchez. (Rashika Jaipuriar/Indianapolis Star/TNS)

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez was eulogized by former Vice President Mike Pence at his funeral service on Tuesday.

Pence attended the service at Logansport’s Life Gate Church, calling Sanchez a “brave and selfless Hoosier” and “true American.” He shared the story of Sanchez’s final moments in Kabul, assisting vulnerable adults and children as they fled for safety.


A hearse carrying the body of Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto “Bert” Sanchez. (Rashika Jaipuriar/Indianapolis Star/TNS)

“I’m told he never gave up till his job was done. He stayed at his post,” Pence said. “No one will ever say it better than his mother did. ‘In those final moments of his life, it was a work of heart.'”

Sanchez will inspire generations of Hoosiers and Americans, Pence said. He was one of several officials who spoke at Tuesday’s service, including Gov. Eric Holcomb and U.S. Senator Todd Young. They shared several stories of Sanchez, noting his spark and passion for helping others.

A hearse carrying the body of Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto “Bert” Sanchez. (Rashika Jaipuriar/Indianapolis Star/TNS)

“I wish I’d met him,” Pence said. The thousands of people who gathered for Sunday’s homecoming procession is “a testament to the impact that your son had on this community … and on the hearts of people all across this country.”

The former vice president spoke to the fallen Marine’s mother, too.

“Coral, we will tell his story,” Pence said. “We will tell about his courage. We will tell about his selflessness. And let me assure you, he will never be forgotten.”

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