Fallen Soldier From Union, MO Returns Home

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UNION, MO (KTVI)-- Family and friends of a fallen Missouri National Guardsmen are waiting at Lambert airport to honor his service.

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Traxel, 34, died during a training exercise in Guatemala earlier this month.

Traxel was a broadcast specialist with the 70th Mobile Public Affairs detachment. This is part of his final report, filed June 29th, days before his death.

Traxel, who is from Union, also was a highly decorated soldier who served in Afghanistan in 2008 and in Iraq in 2011.