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Body of soldier from Trumansburg returns to American soil

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DOVER (WETM) – The body of Sgt. James G. Johnston of Trumansburg, New York returned home to the United States. The dignified transfer took place Friday evening at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Vice President Mike Pence was among the officials and family on hand.

Sgt. James Johnston was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood, Texas. He and Master Sgt. Michael Riley of Heilbronn, Germany, died in a firefight in Uruzgan Province Tuesday.

The 24-year-old entered active-duty service in July 2013 and deployed to Afghanistan in March. His wife, Krista Johnston, posted Facebook photos of Johnston wearing Hawaiian shirts. She asked friends to wear one in his honor Friday as the family received his remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Krista Johnston said on Facebook that her husband “will forever be with me and his baby girl.”

Johnston’s battalion commander said Johnston was quote “The epitome of what we as soldiers all aspire to be: intelligent, trained, always ready.”

His family plans to have him buried in Texas. Johnston had received a bronze star and purple heart.

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