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March 21, 2014

Claremore soldier McClure honored

CLAREMORE —

PFC. Jonathon LeRoy McClure, 19, was honored thursday in a three-rifle volley (21 gun salute) among family, friends and military personnel at Claremore Church of the Nazarene.
A week ago, McClure was killed in a boating accident at Claremore Lake while on leave from Bravo Co. 404 ASB 4th ID, Ft. Carson, Colo.
Sgt. Horacio Berrones, of San Antonio, TX, found the news of McClure’s death a complete shock.
“His death did not hit me until I got here.  I am glad to be able to honor him properly,” said Sgt. Berrones.     
Former and present servicemen/women showed their respect by their overwhelming presence.  
The Claremore Chapter 44 DAV stood with the Patriot Guards and the American Veterans Motorcycle Club holding the American Flag to lead and close the ceremony.  
They each relieved one another of their Flagline position during their four and a half hour presence. 
The Patriot Guards and riders attended to ensure no interruption of services occurred. 
His mother, Judy McClure, alongside his father, Terry McClure, accepted the American flag from the US Army,  which was presented after the three-rifle volley. 
More than 200 attendees paid their respect to PFC.  McClure, who provided a great service to his country.  SPC Shane Grizzard, who performed Taps with the bugle said, “I am thrilled to be here to send a Brother in Arms off… in honor.”

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