Justin Schacht

Justin Schacht (Photo courtesy of Schweinfurt public affairs office)

A memorial service for the son of the commander of the “Blue Spaders,” 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment based in Schweinfurt, Germany, will be held Thursday in Alexandria, Va.

Justin Taylor Schacht, 15, was found dead the afternoon of June 21 at his on-post home. His death is under investigation.

Schacht had recently completed ninth grade at Würzburg American High School, according to the Schweinfurt public affairs office.

The service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Demaine Funeral Home at 520 South Washington St. in Alexandria.

He will be buried 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service should arrive at the Arlington Administrative Building by 9:30 a.m.

Schacht’s father, Lt. Col. Eric Schacht, who has been deployed in Iraq, is now in the States, officials said.

Apart from his father, Justin Schacht is survived by his mother, Amy; sister, Meagan; brother, Brian; and grandparents Allen and Judy Schacht of Zumbro Falls, Minn.; Col. (Ret.) John and Susie Motes of Augusta, Ga.; and Steve & Jane Roberts of Poca, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, the Schacht family is requesting donations be made by check or money order to “Military Community Youth Ministry Europe,” with “Justin Schacht Camp Scholarship Fund” written in the memo area.

Donations can be mailed to CMR 419, Box 1636, APO, AE, 09102. The donations will support the “Club Beyond” youth group, of which Schacht was a member.

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