Jan 5, 2007

Howell soldier arrives home for the last time

Readers of the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus got the opportunity to see a rare sight that few Americans have the opportunity to see, but it’s still something that’s happening all too often.
P and A photographer Al Ward took an excellent and moving photo of the coffin of the latest causality of the war in Iraq arriving at the Livingston Cot Airport yesterday.
The body of Army Spc. Wilson Algrim — the ninth causality of the war with Livingston County ties and the second in just a week — arrived at the Livingston County Airport in Howell Township yesterday escorted by a military honor guard and greeted by family and well wishers.

Although more than 3,000 American soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has barred the media from taking any images of the returning coffins, but apparently their reach does not extend to the Spencer J. Hardy Livingston County Airport.

According to the Newspaper, visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at MacDonald's Funeral Home, 315 N. Michigan Ave. in Howell. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Howell Nazarene Church, 415 McCarthy St., and he will be buried next week in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Family Readiness Group, 1101 S. Chavez, Flint 48503. The organization can be contacted at (810) 239-5404.

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