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Fallen Kentuckians laid to rest

Army Spc. Ethan Gronbeck gave his final farewell to his close friend Spc. Christopher Wright on Saturday at the grave site in Tollesboro. Both men were wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan last week. Wright died Aug. 19 in the Pech district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.
Army Spc. Ethan Gronbeck gave his final farewell to his close friend Spc. Christopher Wright on Saturday at the grave site in Tollesboro. Both men were wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan last week. Wright died Aug. 19 in the Pech district of Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire. AP

Two soldiers from Eastern Kentucky who were killed this month while serving in Afghanistan were laid to rest Saturday in their hometowns.

Navy SEAL Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was buried in Morehead.

Army Ranger Spc. Christopher S. Wright, 23, was buried in the East Fork Cemetery in Tollesboro. Several businesses in the Lewis County community closed for his funeral.

Friends say Thomas, a chief petty officer, dreamed of being a Navy SEAL. He was fatally shot Aug. 18 during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.

Wright died Aug. 19 in the Kunar province of Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

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