Fallen Soldier Arrives Back In Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fallen Soldier Arrives Back In Spokane

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - With his family waiting nearby the plane carrying the body of U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Cliff Beattie arrived at the Spokane Airways Airport on Thursday. Beattie was killed in Iraq by an IED on May 22nd after enemy forces attacked.

At the airport a crowd of family, friends, supporters and military personnel waited for the plane to arrive.

The flag draped coffin carrying SFC Beattie was taken by a white hearse to the funeral home, Hazen and Jaeger on Monroe.

He was escorted by dozens of members of the motorcycle group the Patriot Guard Riders and combat vet riders.

This Saturday a full military with honors will be held in Cheney at the LDS Chapel.

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The Department of Defense announced on Tuesday the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn.

Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie, 37, of Medical Lake, Wash., and Pfc. Ramon Mora Jr., 19, of Ontario, Calif. died May 22nd in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

They were assigned to the1st Battalion, 63rd Armor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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