Eastern Carolina guardsman escorted to final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WITN) - A North Carolina Army National Guardsman has been brought to his final resting place to be alongside his fellow service members at Arlington National Cemetery.

Sgt. James Slape's cremated remains were escorted from Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City by Patriot Guard to the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

A military funeral service was held at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Sgt. Slape is from Morehead City. He was killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan on October 4, 2018.

He was a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 430th Explosive Ordinance Company which is based in Washington.


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North Carolina Army National Guardsman Sgt. James Slape, 23, will be buried during a military funeral with honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 24.

Sgt. Slape is from Morehead City. He was killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan on October 4, 2018.

He was a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 430th Explosive Ordinance Company which is based in Washington.

His body was escorted home to Morehead City in November when people lined the streets to show their support. His family held services locally.

An escort left Morehead City bound for Arlington, VA at 3:30 Friday from Munden Funeral Home. The Patriot Guard provided that escort.

Sgt. Slape will be laid to rest during the military funeral at 11am.

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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.