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Funeral service held for Memphis, Ind. marine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The funeral services for a Memphis, Indiana marine were underway Wednesday morning.

Family, friends -- and even those who didn't know the marine -- were there to honor his memory.

The funeral services for Jordan Spears began at 11 a.m. There were more than 50 motorcycles there from all over Indiana and Kentucky as part of the Patriot Guard Riders. 

Family members say they are struggling with closure because the 21-year-old was lost at sea.

According to the Navy, on Oct. 1, Spears and another crewman jumped out of an aircraft shortly after takeoff when it appeared to lose power. The other crewman was eventually found, but the Spears was not.

Spears is considered the first American military casualty in the operations against ISIS in the Middle East.

The Patriot Guard Riders said they were there to remember his service.

"Jordan is a hero," said Tim Kieffer, one of the riders. "He was a hero, and just putting the invitation out there for everyone to remember he and his family and honor him for the sacrifice he made."

After the service, the patriot guard riders were expected to lead the way to the Sellersburg Cemetery.

Spears will be buried with full military honors.

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