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Green Beret remembered as a soldier, father, friend

An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Army Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Mass., past Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Army officers, during a dignified transfer, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Army Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Mass., past Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Army officers, during a dignified transfer, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. | Photo: AP Photo / Cliff Owen.

September 04, 2019 11:35 AM

AGAWAM, Mass. (AP) - A Green Beret from Massachusetts killed during combat operation in Afghanistan last month was remembered at his funeral not just as a soldier, but as a father, friend and loving fiance.

Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa was laid to rest Tuesday at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, shortly after a funeral service at Bethany Assembly of God Church.     

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His 9-year-old daughter, Angie, moved mourners to tears when she read a letter to her father that said "Dear Papi, thank you for being a great hero and a great daddy. Thank you for defending our country and for always loving me."     

The 31-year-old native of Puerto Rico and longtime Chicopee resident was one of two Green Berets killed Aug. 21 as a result of small arms fire in Faryab Province.

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