Fort Hood: Solemn ceremony marks fallen soldier’s return to post

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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) A solemn ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the North Ramp on Robert Gray Army Airfield marked the return of fallen Fort Hood Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle to post.

A solemn ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the North Ramp on Robert Gray Army Airfield marked the return of fallen Fort Hood Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle to post. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

Knadle, 33, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami, 25, who were both assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, died when their Apache helicopter crashed on Nov. 20 in Afghanistan.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel at 2525 North Main St. in Belton.

Knadle's funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday at Vista Community Church at 7051 Stonehollow in Temple.

Funeral arrangements for Fuchigami were still pending Tuesday.

Both soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in October 2019.

Knadle joined the Army in April 213 and in April 2015 was assigned to the 1-227th as an Apache pilot.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.

Fuchigami joined the army in May 2017 and in October 2017 was assigned to the 1-227th as an Apache pilot.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.

Their deaths raised the total number of U.S. deaths so far this year in Afghanistan to 19.

There have also been three deaths that weren’t combat related.
During the course of the 18-year war, more than 2,400 Americans have died there.