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Army Spc. Arronn D. Fields
Died May 21, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
27, of Terre Haute, Ind.; assigned to 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis; died May 21 in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by rocket-propelled grenades.
Indiana community prepares to honor slain soldier
The Associated Press
BRAZIL, Ind. — A western Indiana community is making preparations to honor a National Guard soldier killed during an attack in Afghanistan.
The body of 27-year-old Spc. Arronn Fields of Knightsville is expected to arrive Friday at Terre Haute's airport. The Tribune-Star reports a procession is planned to accompany his body to a funeral home in the Clay County city of Brazil.
A printing company in Brazil has prepared three versions of a poster honoring Fields. The posters feature his photo and the wording "American Hero," ''Hometown Hero," or "God Bless."
Chris Nichols of National Printing Converters tells The Brazil Times that the company made similar posters after a local Marine's death two years ago and that company workers immediately wanted to do the same for Fields.
Fallen soldier buried in Indiana hometown
The Associated Press
BRAZIL, Ind. — Hundreds of people turned for the funeral and burial of a National Guard soldier killed during an attack in Afghanistan, with many lining the route to the cemetery near his western Indiana hometown.
Indiana Adjutant Gen. Martin Umbarger read remembrances about Spc. Arronn Fields from his fellow soldiers during Tuesday's funeral in Brazil. One of those described Fields as someone who "just did his job and did it better than any other soldier."
Military officials say the 27-year-old from Knightsville was killed May 21 during a rocket propelled grenade attack.
Gov. Mitch Daniels also spoke during the funeral and said he honored Fields for doing his duty and that he is now a profound figure in the history of his community.