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Fallen soldier returns home for the final time

A soldier who was killed in a suicide bomb attack arrived at Scott Air Force Base Monday morning in a somber greeting, en route to his final resting place in Du Quoin.

U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa was killed Nov. 12 when a suicide bomber blew himself up at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Three other Americans, including another soldier and two service workers, also were killed in the attack. More than a dozen others were hurt.

A small charter plane carrying Iubelt’s body arrived at Scott Air Force Base shortly before 10 a.m. Monday for what the Air Force calls a Dignified Transfer. Iubelt was being transported to Scott from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Soldiers and airmen stood alongside Iubelt’s family in a cold, biting wind as the casket was lowered from the plane. Family members approached the casket and stood silently for a moment before it was carried into a waiting hearse.

The procession, led by cruisers from the Du Quoin Police and Perry County Sheriff’s departments, passed through gates leading off the flight line and into the rest of the base, flanked by saluting soldiers and airmen.

More personnel stood saluting along Heritage and Scott drives as the procession made its way off base and onward toward Du Quoin.

The student body of Immanuel Lutheran School of Okawville planned to dress in red, white and blue and stand on the Illinois 177 overpass to greet the procession passing below on I-64.

Iubelt will be remembered during a funeral at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church at 104 N. Washington St. in Du Quoin. He will be buried in Sunset Park in Du Quoin.

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