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Sep 13, 2010 8:50 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Hometown honors fallen Fort Carson soldier

About 1,000 mourners filled a northern Indiana school auditorium for the funeral of a 26-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan. Army Spc. Chad Clements was deployed from Fort Carson.

Firefighters used two snorkel trucks to hoist a garrison-sized flag over the entrance to Huntington North High School for Sunday's funeral for Spc. Clements, who graduated from the school in 2002. The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that friends and religious leaders described Clements as a fun-loving and courageous adventure seeker who loved hockey, NASCAR and whitewater rafting.

Staff Sgt. Terry Smith was Clements' supervisor at Fort Carson. He says Clements was an excellent soldier who was always there when he was needed.

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