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Reports on soldier inaccurate

Monday, May 28, 2012

Funeral arrangements for Spc. Arronn Fields have not been set yet because his body has not yet returned to the area.
While funeral arrangements are pending, the family of Spc. Arronn Fields wanted the community to know nothing has been set in stone.

In fact, contrary to some media reports, Fields' body has not yet arrived in the Wabash Valley.

Spc. Fields, 27, Knightsville, died May 21, after sustaining injuries during a rocket grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, while conducting a mounted patrol.

On Sunday, reports surfaced that Fields' body had returned to the Wabash Valley. The reports, however, were incorrect.

Rather, Spc. Fields' body is currently in Dover, Del. According to reports, the Department of Defense may release the body to the family in four to seven days.

Moore Funeral Home, Brazil, will handle funeral arrangements. However, because an arrival date is not known, funeral processions are also not known at this time.

Several other community members are showing their support for Spc. Fields and his family.

According to officials with National Printing Converters, 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, the business is in the process of developing posters with Fields' photograph on them. The business developed similar posters depicting a photograph of Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz after his death two years ago.

In addition, officials with the City of Brazil have confirmed to The Brazil Times they have been in contact with the family to set up arrangements when Spc. Fields' body is brought back to Clay County.

Officials with the Town of Knightsville have also confirmed they have been in contact with Spc. Fields' family regarding setting up a memorial scholarship through a local bank in his honor.

Spc. Fields deployed to Afghanistan with the 381st Military Police Company, 81st Troop Command as part of Task Force Guardian, a multi-unit military police force from Indiana, in February.

He enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 2006 and was a 2003 Northview High School graduate.

Spc. Fields also served a tour in Iraq.

According to reports, he was the 23rd Indiana Guardsman to die since 2001.

More information regarding the arrival of Spc. Fields' body will be printed in the newspaper and posted online at www.thebraziltimes.com as soon as it is made available.

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Whenever, wherever, Spc. Fields will be honored. Along with the Fields family, I express condolences to Clarence and Connie Airhart for the loss of their grandson.

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, May 28, 2012, at 9:27 PM

who reported that the body was in Indiana? which tv station?

-- Posted by itisme on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 11:13 AM

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