Cpl Gregory S. Stultz
Fallen hero remembered: Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz killed Friday in Afghanistan
Flags are flying at half-staff today across Clay County out of respect for a Brazil Marine killed in the line of duty Friday in Afghanistan.
Motorcade to escort Stultz back to Brazil
Officials have confirmed the body of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, 22, is expected to be flown into the Terre Haute International Airport, Wednesday.
From there, his body will be escorted back to Brazil.
County and city officials are encouraging people to line United States 40 to honor the former Brazil resident, who died Friday, Feb. 19, while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
The motorcade will travel from State Road 42 to SR 46, then to U.S. 40. At the Clay-Vigo county line, the motorcade will travel east on SR 340 before coming back to U.S. 40.
On Tuesday, officials began placing flags along U.S. 40, in his honor. In addition, members of the American Legion Post 2 and Veterans of Foreign Wars have handed out flags for residents and city officials will be placing black ribbons along U.S. 40, courtesy of Sugar 'n Spice.
American Legion Post 2 Legion Riders and Patriot Guard will meet at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the French Funeral Home parking lot, before going to the airport to help escort Cpl. Stultz' body back to Brazil. Anyone wishing to join the motorcade is welcome to join.
Chris Nichols, Community Action Team member for National Printing Converters, 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, told The Brazil Times Tuesday the company plans to hand out posters with Cpl. Stultz' likeness on them during the procession.
"We were trying to figure out what we could do to show our appreciation," Nichols said. "We thought maybe we would print up some posters and distribute them."
Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle told The Brazil Times students will stand along SR 340 as the motorcade passes. Cpl. Stultz graduated from Northview in 2006. According to reports, the motorcade may also stop through the parking lots at both Northview and North Clay Middle School.
French Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.
Clay County officials began preparations in honor of Cpl. Stultz Monday. Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown and Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw both told The Brazil Times they had requested flags be flown at half-staff for the remainder of the week.
"This is a great loss for this community," Brown said.
"It's just heartbreaking," Bradshaw added.
City Hall officials also confirmed a proclamation would be drawn up for the month of March in honor of Cpl. Stultz.
Cpl. Stultz was one of three Indiana Marines killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan last week.
The United States Department of Defense announced Monday that Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, 24, Westville, also died Feb. 19, in Helmand province. Their bodies arrived Sunday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
The third Indiana Marine, Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, 27, Columbus, was killed during combat in Afghanistan Feb. 18. His body arrived at the base Saturday.
According to his family, Cpl. Stultz had been in Afghanistan since November.
On Monday, Clay County Veterans Affairs Service Officer Mike Holland told The Times Cpl. Stultz was the first service member from the county to die in combat since Gary Boyce was killed in action during the Vietnam War, Jan. 1,1973.