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Funeral set for Steilacoom soldier killed in Afghanistan

Post by Mike Archbold on June 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm with No Comments »
June 30, 2009 2:14 pm

The body of Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, who died June 18 in in Kheyl, Afghanistan, will come home Wednesday to Fort Lewis.

Paul Bradshaw said his son will be flown to Gray Army Air Field from Dover Air Force Base. His parents flew to the air base to be there when their son was returned to the United States.

A funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St. SW, in Lakewood. There will be a reception at the church and burial will follow later in the afternoon at Tahoma National Cemetery. The public is invited.

Bradshaw was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska.

He died when an improvised bomb went off near him.

His unit deployed in stages to Afghanistan beginning in February and Bradshaw arrived in March.

Bradshaw is the first Pierce County service member to die in Afghanistan in more than a year. The last local casualty of that war, Marine Sgt. Michael Washington of Tacoma, was killed in a bombing of his vehicle on June 14, 2008.

The New Tacoma Cemetery and Funeral Home in University Place is handling funeral arrangements.

Mike Archbold: The News Tribune

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