Body of fallen soldier returns home to Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - The body of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home Friday morning to Eastern Carolina.

Sergeant James Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 430th Explosive Ordinance Company which is based in Washington.

A motorcade procession left Cherry Point and followed U.S. 70 into Morehead City. Honor guards and other military members were positioned along the way.

The Purple Heart Chapter 639 donated flags to students at Havelock Branch, Craven Community College, and Annunciation Catholic School to honor Sgt. Slape as his casket passed by.

In Morehead City, dozens of people lined the street with small American flags to honor the sergeant as his body was moved to Munden Funeral Home.

A memorial service for Slape will be held Sunday at 4:00 p.m.at Glad Tidings Church in Morehead City. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.