Posted: Oct 24, 2010 9:46 AM
Source: Associated Press
More than 100 people turned out for the funeral of a 20-year-old Louisiana native killed in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Spc. Matthew C. Powell of Slidell died Oct. 12 after his military vehicle was attacked near the Pakistan border. He was the 23rd Louisiana service member killed in Afghanistan.
Powell was assigned to the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based in Fort Campbell, Ky.
The Times Picayune reports that many of the mourners at Powell's funeral Friday broke into sobs as soldiers from Fort Polk, La., fired a rifle salute and a bugler played taps.