Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, formerly of Carl Junction, was remembered today for his sacrifice to his country.
Brooks was killed by an IED in Iraq on May 21.
He was honored during the funeral with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and his second Army Commendation Medal. In addition, Brig. Gen. Stephen Danner read a proclamation by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, honoring Paul for his sacrifice.
Danner said as a soldier, Paul always performed above expectations and put himself in harm’s way on more than one occasion to save others. He excelled both as a medic and an instructor.
Soldiers from as far away as North Carolina and Virginia came to honor Paul Saturday, and nearly 100 Patriot Rider motorcyclists led the funeral procession to the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. where Paul received full military honors.
“If the measure of a man is based on the loyalty of his friends, then Paul Brooks was a great man,” Danner said during the funeral.
<img src=" http://www.joplinglobeonline.com/images/zope/new.gif" border=0> Area veteran killed in Iraq laid to rest today
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