The remains of four National Guard soldiers, who were killed after their truck struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday, have returned to the United States. The remains of Spc. Robert Tauteris, Jr. 44 of Hamlet, Spc. Brian Leonhardt, 21 of Merrillville, Christopher Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Ill., and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Metzger, 32, of Indianapolis arrived in Dover, Delaware where a dignified transfer honors service was held. The fallen soldiers’ families were at the service along with senior military leaders of the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, the Army National Guard and the Indiana National Guard.
Hamlet Town Board President Dave Kesvormas, on behalf of the Hamlet Town Board, has declared that all U.S. Flags, in the town limits, be flown at half mast in memory of Army SPC Robert J. Tauteris, of Hamlet, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Video of the transfer service can be viewed by clicking here.