Fallen soldier to return home Sunday

Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:57 PM
Last updated 8:30 PM
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An Augusta soldier killed during an Afghan army training exercise will make the long trip back home Sunday.

Army Spc. Hilda Clayton, an Augusta photographer who documented overseas security, died July 2 after a mortar weapons system failed during a training exercise in Afghanistan.

Clayton is expected to arrive at Augusta Regional Air­port around 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Poteet Funeral Homes General Manager Sean Gillen said. A funeral procession will begin at the airport, go down Tobacco Road and end at the funeral home at 3465 Peach Orchard Road.

The funeral home is asking residents to line the route to pay respects to Clayton. The procession is expected to last around 10 minutes.

“I would hope that people would come out and show their support for not only the family, but for someone who was brave enough to sacrifice their life for us,” Gillen said.

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corgimom 07/14/13 - 04:03 am
I'd go if I could. My

I'd go if I could. My sincerest sympathy and prayers to her family, and friends, they have suffered a terrible loss.

Calisandpiper 07/14/13 - 07:14 am
Our Fallen Soldier

My thoughts and prayers are with your family,precious one. No one can ever thank you enough for your supreme sacrifice.
May God watch over you as you sleep safely in His arms. Though I won't be there physically, my thoughts will be there spiritually.

rmwhitley 07/14/13 - 07:16 pm
God bless

Mrs. Clayton. I'm proud to see that America now respects its military personnel as compared to the loathing we felt as members of the military during the Vietnam war while you hated us.

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