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12:31 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Service Set for Claremore Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A funeral service is scheduled for a 19-year-old soldier from Claremore who was killed in an "insider" attack by police in Afghanistan.

Services with military honors are set for 10 a.m. Friday for Army Pfc. Jon Townsend, who was killed on Sept. 16.

The ceremony will be at First Baptist Church in Claremore. Rice Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Townsend was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

He left for the military shortly after graduating from Sequoyah High School in Claremore last year.