Mass. soldier killed in Afghanistan returns home

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The body of a soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan last week has been returned to Berkshire County.

The body of U.S. Army Spc. Mitchell Daehling was brought to a Pittsfield funeral home on Wednesday after landing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.

Calling hours for the 24-year-old Daehling are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at St. Agnes Church in Dalton. A funeral service with full military honors is scheduled for Friday morning at St. Agnes.

Daehling will be buried in Idaho next to his grandfather.

Daehling was among four U.S. soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device May 14.

The Dalton resident was a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School. He leaves behind a wife whom he married less than a year ago, his parents and two siblings.


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