NC soldier killed in Afghanistan to be buried

SALISBURY, NC (AP) — A funeral will be held for a member of the North Carolina National Guard killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Browns Summit is scheduled to be buried Thursday at the Salisbury National Cemetery. The burial will follow a service at the Southside Baptist Church in Greensboro.

The 23-year-old soldier was killed Oct. 1 with two other members of the Winterville-based 514th Military Police Company when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Khost, Afghanistan.

Hardison joined the military in 2006 and previously deployed to Iraq.

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV of Leland is to be buried Friday in Wilmington. A funeral service for Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford is scheduled for Saturday.

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