GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Flags were lowered across the state Monday to honor a West Michigan solider who was killed in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Cpl. Joseph VanDreumel graduated from Jenison High School in 1997 and lived with his wife and two children in Standale.
A funeral was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids Township Monday afternoon. Interment followed in Rosedale Memorial Park with full military honors.
VanDreumel was killed Aug. 14 by a roadside bomb while recovering a vehicle hit by an earlier blast in Paktika province. Another soldier, Sgt. Matthew Harmon of Bagley, Minn., also died in the blast, the Defense of Department said. Both men were part of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade based in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
VanDreumel, 32, was laid off from his job in 2008, joined the Army in January 2010 and trained at Fort Knox, Ky., before serving in Germany from August 2010 through July 2011 and then Afghanistan.
He received the Purple Heart, among other military honors, posthumously.
Since the wars began, 157 Michigan servicemen and -women have been killed in Iraq. Another 49 have died in combat in Afghanistan.
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