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Army Spc. Cody J. Towse

Died May 14, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Elk Ridge, Utah; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 14, in Sanjaray, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Over 1,000 attend funeral for Utah soldier

The Associated Press

ELK RIDGE, Utah  — More than 1,000 people, including Gov. Gary Herbert, attended a funeral for a Utah soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Spc. Cody Towse was remembered Saturday at Salem Hills High School in Elk Ridge as a kind and dedicated Army combat medic who had earned the trust and respect of his platoon.

Herbert and other speakers also praised his courage, saying the 21-year-old had run in to treat an injured fellow soldier when he was killed May 14 in Sanjaray, Afghanistan.

For his bravery, he was posthumously promoted from private first class to specialist and decorated with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, a combat medic's badge and a Medal of Honor.

Towse was buried with full military honors in the Salem City Cemetery.

The funeral was broadcast to his unit in Afghanistan.

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