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Soldier killed in Afghanistan escorted home

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2014 3:00 PM
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(Orwigsburg) -- The body of a Schuylkill County 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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