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Indiana soldier's body returning Wednesday to his hometown

1st Lt. Clayton Cullen

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By THE TRIBUNE-STAR, TERRE HAUTE, IND. (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: January 30, 2018

A Knox County soldier killed in the line of duty last week will be transported home today, with funeral services scheduled for Saturday.

Army 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, 25, of Bicknell, was killed when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin F. Burke, 28 of California, also died in the crash.

Cullen grew up in Bicknell and was a 2011 graduate of North Knox High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and MVP of the school’s soccer team.

He joined the Army in 2015 after graduation from Indiana University’s ROTC program.

The coach carrying the fallen soldier is expected to leave Indianapolis International Airport at 6 a.m.

The procession, lead by the Patriot Guard Riders, will proceed west on I-70 before heading south on U.S. 41, passing through Sullivan County around 7:30 a.m.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s officials will temporarily hold traffic at major intersections as the fallen soldier passes through the county. Assistance will be provided from the Indiana State Police, Shelburn Town Marshal’s Office and the Carlisle Ambulance Service, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.

Cullen’s visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at North Knox High School.

His funeral, with full military honors, will be take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the high school.

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