Service honors fallen Sprague soldier



Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 6:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Members of the Sprague community planned to pay respects to a fallen soldier at a service in Spokane in June.

The funeral for Cpl. Justin Clouse was scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Saturday June 21st  at Life Center in Spokane.

The 22-year-old soldier from Sprague was among five killed in a friendly fire airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

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The Army held a special ceremony for Clouse and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. His comrades remembered him just as much for his strength and leadership as they did for his gentle spirit.

“He was one of the finest team leaders I’ve ever seen and he inevitably made everyone around him better,” said a fellow soldier. “But more than that, he was a good man; kind and committed to every man he served with.”

Clouse was serving his second deployment when he was killed.  Those who knew him, remembered him as someone who would never give up.  He volunteered to represent his unit during Iron Horse Week and refused to let the battalion down.

During his time at Sprague High School, Clouse played varsity football, was captain of the basketball team, and served as ASB vice president.

“I know God has a special place in heaven for men like Clouse and hopefully one day, I’ll be able to join him there,” said one of his comrades in Afghanistan.

The service ended with a roll call. The call for Justin Clouse was met with silence.