BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Hundreds of Army soldiers, firefighters and Patriot Guard Riders motorcyclists lined the Portland Air Guard Base for the return of 22-year-old Army Specialist John Pelham's body.
The Beaverton soldier was killed in the line of duty Feb. 12 in Afghanistan. Pelham and a fellow soldier were shot and killed by enemy fire.
His flag-draped casket was flown in from Delaware where his family was given alone time to welcome it home in an airplane hanger on the Northeast Portland army base.
The 2010 Sunset High School graduate was on his second tour of duty there. One of six kids, Pelham had played baseball and was the quarterback of the football team. His family has said he was a star cadet at the Oregon Youth Challenge Program in Central Oregon. It was then that he got the urge to join the army.
His funeral is Monday, Fe. 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Beaverton.
Following a procession starting at 1 p.m., Pelham will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery.