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Spc. Levi Clark

Spc. Levi Clark (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

A memorial service was held Wednesday afternoon at the Warner Barracks Community Chapel in Bamberg, Germany, for a 54th Engineer Battalion soldier.

Almost 300 people packed the chapel to pay tribute to Spc. Levi Clark, a 20-year-old combat engineer with the 370th Engineer Company. He was found unresponsive on the ground outside his barracks building by unit personnel on July 2. A German doctor pronounced Clark dead at the scene.

His death remains under investigation by German and U.S. Army authorities, according to a U.S. Army Europe release.

Just a day prior to his death, Clark had returned from a 13-month deployment to Iraq. He enlisted in the Army in 2006 and the 370th was his first duty assignment after basic training and engineer school.

Clark’s company commander, Capt. Douglas Massie, said Clark was respected by both his peers and his leadership.

"He was a really well-liked guy all around, both as a person and a soldier," said Massie. "I remember him being a good athlete and dedicated to the mission." Massie said Clark’s platoon was tight-knit.

Clark’s main job in Iraq was route clearance operations. His platoon was the first to find an explosively formed penetrator, an especially powerful bomb, in Iraq’s Wasit province, Massie said of his former soldier.

"Over 50 percent of the time, he was in the lead vehicle," recalled Massie. "His job was very important and he did a great job."

Clark is survived by his mother, Charlene Kaamasee from St. Michaels, Ariz.

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