Fallen Soldier Returns Home

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The remains of Chicopee native, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa arrived to the Westover Metropolitan Airport on the morning of Sept. 2.


Members of Deleon-Figueroa’s family, his unit, and the media were present to witness the plane-side honors which included the transfer of the casket from a contracted, private jet – to a hearse.


The arrival marked the final portion of a journey which ultimately concluded at the Curran-Jones Funeral Home in West Springfield, Mass.  


Deleon-Figueroa was one of two Green Berets with the 7th Special Forces Group out of Eglin Air Force Base, FL., who were killed Aug. 21 during combat supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.


A private funeral service was held for Deleon-Figueroa on Sept. 3, in Agawam Mass.