Hundreds Fill Small Town to Remember Fallen Soldier

KCCI.com

ALGONA, Iowa - Hundreds showed up Saturday to say goodbye to another of Iowa's fallen soldiers.

Army Sgt. Joseph Richardson was killed Nov. 16 Afghanistan after his unit was attacked by enemy forces. The Department of Defense said Richardson's unit was on patrol in Paktika province when they were attacked with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

Richardson had previously served a tour in Iraq. The 23-year-old's family said Richardson had asked to go to Afghanistan because he loved his Army brothers.

Richardson grew up in Algona before moving to Arkansas during high school. He leaves behind a wife, loving parents and a community that is very proud of his service.

Hundreds showed up to line the procession route from St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona to the cemetery in Humboldt.

"We just wanted to make sure that Algona shows that they care, and we do," said Algona resident Mark Henry.

Richardson's family said he just re-enlisted for six more years in the Army.
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