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Funeral For Navy Medic Killed In Afghanistan

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Veteran funeral. (File photo)

Veteran funeral. (File photo)

NILES (WWJ) – Friends and relatives of a 23-year-old Navy medic from southwest Michigan who was killed in Afghanistan paid their last respects to him at a funeral.

Governor Rick Snyder spoke at Saturday’s funeral for Benjamin D. Rast at the Brandywine High School gym in Niles. Snyder called him “a wonderful example for all of us” and said the nation owes Rast a debt “we can never repay.”

The military believes Rast and a Texas soldier may have been killed April 6 by a missile fired from a U.S. drone in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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