Wilson salutes fallen soldier

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WILSON, Okla. -- A soldier who lost his life fighting in Iraq on Memorial Day weekend is now home. His community paid their respects on the streets of his hometown.

Army Specialist and Wilson native Coy Blodgett lost his life while on patrol in Iraq. Sunday afternoon, residents from his hometown in Wilson joined together for a public salute.

Blodgett lost his life while serving overseas at only 19 years old. Residents talked about supporting him Sunday.

"We're happy that he's home," one person said. "It's really sad under these circumstances...very sad."

Residents said they are like a family, and they're always there for one another, and it serves the same for their fallen hero, as they lined the streets to show their patriotism and support for Blodgett and his family.

"Wilson supports their own. They always have. I moved to Wilson twenty-five years ago, and they have always supported any type of cause."

As the procession brought back their beloved serviceman, for one war veteran, it evoked a different feeling.

"It makes you feel proud you get out lay your life on the line to do a job, " he said. "Sometimes there's no thanks. Seeing this, it chokes you up."

Funeral services are set for the Alexander Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Tuesday. Then Blodgett will have a full military burial at Reck Cemetery.

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