Funerals begin in Georgia for 3 soldiers killed in drone strike on Jordan military base

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Family, friends and subject colleagues are gathering in Georgia arsenic funerals statesman for 3 Army Reserve soldiers killed past period successful a drone onslaught connected a U.S. guidelines successful Jordan.

The first ceremonial work was scheduled for Tuesday greeting for Staff Sgt. William Jerome Rivers astatine a Baptist religion successful Carrollton, westbound of Atlanta.

The 46-year-old reservist and Pennsylvania native, who is survived by his woman and boy successful Georgia, served successful azygous for much than a decade aft enlisting arsenic an electrician. The Army said his overseas deployments included a nine-month circuit successful Iraq successful 2018. His obituary from a section ceremonial location called him a warm-hearted family man pinch a "gentle demeanor and a fierce and wished personality."


Following nan religion service, Rivers is to beryllium buried astatine nan Georgia National Cemetery for subject veterans successful Canton, conscionable northwest of Atlanta.

A Jan. 28 drone onslaught connected a U.S. subject outpost successful Jordan killed Rivers arsenic good arsenic Sgt. Kennedy Sanders and Sgt. Breonna Moffett, who each received their ranks successful posthumous promotions. They were assigned to nan Army Reserve’s 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, based astatine Fort Moore successful westbound Georgia.

President Joe Biden met pinch nan families of nan fallen soldiers erstwhile their remains were returned to U.S. ungraded earlier this period astatine Dover Air Force Base successful Delaware.

Meanwhile, friends, erstwhile classmates and co-workers person gathered to retrieve nan slain soldiers while awaiting their last homecoming to Georgia.

In Waycross, wherever 24-year-old Sanders worked astatine a drugstore and helped coach children's hoops and shot teams, residents gathered astatine a downtown parkland for a infinitesimal of soundlessness soon aft nan overseas attack. Her ceremonial is scheduled Saturday astatine Ware County Middle School.

Arrangements successful Savannah were still pending for Moffett, who turned 23 hardly a week earlier she died. Since then, she has been honored pinch a ceremonial astatine Windsor Forest High School, wherever she was a drum awesome and JROTC cadet earlier graduating successful 2019. A candlelight vigil was held by Moffett's employer, United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, wherever she helped thatch cooking and different skills to group pinch disabilities.

The deaths were nan first U.S. fatalities blamed connected Iran-backed militia groups aft months of intensified attacks connected American forces successful nan region since nan Israel-Hamas warfare began successful October.

More than 40 troops were besides injured successful nan drone onslaught at Tower 22, a secretive U.S. subject godforsaken outpost that enables U.S. forces to infiltrate and softly time off Syria.