JANESVILLE, Wis. - People from Rock County and beyond welcomed Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal home to Janesville on Friday evening.
Barclay-Weberpal was killed at Camp Pendleton in California on Jan. 16. In a Facebook post, Barclay-Weberpal’s father, Scott, said his son was stabbed by a fellow Marine. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Josh Pena confirmed that Barclay-Weberpal was found dead and another Marine was taken into custody.
“One of the biggest things that’s important to us is it’s not the way they died, it’s the way they served,” said Deputy Luke DuCharme, the Honor Guard Commander for the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s the important thing, and that’s what we honor (Friday) is the way that he served.”
DuCharme helped plan the processional for Barclay-Weberpal’s body from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home in Janesville. The route passed through Milwaukee, Whitewater, Milton and Janesville and people lined the streets to pay their respects.
“It’s amazing to see all these people come out to recognize this service and celebrate the life, even as short as it may be, to let (his family) know that the community loves him, the county of Rock, the state of Wisconsin, we all love him. Not for the way he passed, but for his service and what he chose to do, and the sacrifice he gave to his community and nation,” DuCharme said.
Barclay-Weberpal attended school in Janesville and Whitewater before graduating from high school in Michigan. A Marine Corps spokesperson said Barclay-Weberpal enlisted in July 2017 and was awarded the National Defense Ribbon.
Tony Grant served in the Navy from 1960-1964. He said it’s important to honor all fallen servicemen.
“It’s a shame he didn’t have a chance to fight for his country,” Grant said. “But he was a Marine, and I respect him for that.”
According to Scott Weberpal’s Facebook page, there will be a visitation for Barclay-Weberpal at Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. His funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God.
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