Fallen Soldier Buried

John PelhamPORTLAND, Ore. – Since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2002, 33 Oregonians have lost their lives while serving.

Monday, the latest, 22-year-old army specialist John Pelham, was laid to rest.

Pelham died in a firefight in Afghanistan earlier this month. His body was brought back to Oregon Friday with flags lining his Beaverton neighborhood.

Specialist Pelham was buried with military honors at the Willamette National Cemetery. Governor John Kitzhaber says his thoughts are with Pelham’s family and his unit during this difficult time.

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