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Army Spc. Chad D. Clements

Died August 30, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Huntington, Ind.; assigned to 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Aug. 30 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed in the attack were Army Capt. Dale A Goetz, Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Kessler and Army Staff Sgt. Matthew J. West.

1,000 mourners fill auditorium to honor slain soldier

The Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — About 1,000 mourners filled a northern Indiana school auditorium for the funeral of a 26-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Firefighters used two snorkel trucks to hoist a garrison-sized flag over the entrance to Huntington North High School for Sunday's funeral for Army Spc. Chad Clements, who graduated from the school in 2002.

The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that friends and religious leaders described Clements as a fun-loving and courageous adventure seeker who loved hockey, NASCAR and whitewater rafting.

Staff Sgt. Terry Smith was Clements' supervisor at Fort Carson in Colorado. He says Clements was an excellent soldier who was always there when he was needed.

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