Wednesday, June 11, 2014
ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The body of a Pennsylvania soldier killed in Afghanistan has been escorted through his hometown, with hundreds of people lining the route to pay their respects.
Twenty-nine-year-old Capt. Jason Jones was killed by small-arms fire on June 2.
Led by a contingent of motorcycles, a hearse carrying Jones' body rolled through his hometown of Orwigsburg on Wednesday. It rolled to a stop underneath a gigantic American flag strung between the crossed ladders of two fire trucks, the crowd falling silent as an honor guard saluted. Then the procession continued on, winding up at a Pottsville funeral home.
Jones was a West Point graduate who served in Iraq in 2008-09, earning a Bronze Star. He qualified as a Green Beret last year.
He'll be buried at West Point on Tuesday.
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