Mother, wife speak of soldier dead in Afghanistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The mother and wife of 25-year-old Army National Guard Sgt. Kyle McClain say the soldier killed in Afghanistan was a dedicated family man and friend, as well as a committed soldier.

His mother Geraldine McClain and wife Lisa McClain spoke Thursday at his funeral at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills.

The man from Macomb County's Shelby Township is being buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. He received a posthumous promotion.

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff across Michigan for the day.

Authorities say McClain died Aug. 1 when an improvised explosive device went off in Salim Aka, Afghanistan.

Major Gen. Gregory Vadnais says a fellow soldier described McClain as "mature beyond his years" but also a fun-loving prankster.

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