On Wednesday, representatives of National Printing Converters, Inc., Brazil, began the task of delivering three different posters it has created in memory of Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville.
Spc. Fields died May 21, after sustaining injuries during a rocket grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, while conducting a mounted patrol.
Upon hearing the news, National Printing Converters (NPC) Purchasing Manager Chris Nichols said associates within the company began asking if they were going to be printing up signs in honor of Spc. Fields.
The company did the same two years ago when Marine Cpl. Greg Stultz died in Afghanistan.
"The whole company is behind this," Nichols told The Brazil Times. "The first day we heard about it, I walked through the plant and the employees were asking about the posters."
NPC elected to draft three posters in honor of Spc. Fields. While the three have the same look, they have different wording. One states "American Hero," while another says, "God Bless." A third says, "Hometown Hero."
"We made three different (posters)," Nichols said. "We thought having a little diversity would be nice."
Officials with the company handed the posters out Wednesday to various locations. Posters may be picked up at Brazil City Hall in addition to National Printing Converters, located at 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, as well as Pappy's Barbecue and The Times office, among other locations.
"We just want to make them available to the public," NPC representative Terrie Anderson said.
Anderson said the company had plans to print 400 copies of each poster and will print more depending on demand.
NPC graphic artist Ellen Coole, who helped with the design, said it took about one hour to complete. She added PressTime Graphics, Terre Haute, donated the paper for the posters.
The background of the poster is in camouflage. The poster has a photograph of Spc. Fields with an American Flag in addition to the wording.
"I think it looks great," Nichols said. "I think it honors him."
Moore Funeral Home, Brazil, will be handling funeral arrangements for Spc. Fields. Fields' body is currently in Dover, Del. According to reports, Fields' body will arrive at the Terre Haute Regional Airport at 10:45 a.m., Friday, June 1.
Funeral processions are not known at this time.
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.
He also served a tour in Iraq.
According to reports, Spc. Fields was the 23rd Indiana Guardsman to die since 2001.
Officials with the City of Brazil have confirmed to The Brazil Times they have contacted Spc. Fields' family to help set up arrangements when his body is brought back to Clay County. As well, officials with the Town of Knightsville have said they are in the process of making arrangements for a memorial scholarship through a local bank in his honor.
In addition, officials with Clover Signs have confirmed they plan to create banners to honor Spc. Fields. The banners will be placed for the funeral procession.