Funeral for fallen soldier in Hammond today
HAMMOND - Family and friends gathered Monday in Hammond to honor one of the National Guardsmen killed in a military helicopter crash two weeks ago.
George Wayne Griffin, Jr. served in the military for more than two decades, including two tours in Iraq. His body was greeted by police and patriot guard riders at the Hammond airport over the weekend as resident lined the streets to welcome him home. Griffin was from Lafayette, but lived in Hammond with his family.
After Griffin's funeral at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond his body was taken to Lafayette for the burial service.
Griffin was one of four National Guardsmen from the Hammond base and seven marines killed in the chopper crash. A preliminary investigation into the accident is expected to be completed soon.