Scott AFB honors fallen U.S. solider as remains return home to Illinois

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MASCOUTAH, IL (KTVI)- Scott Air Force Base personnel lined up Monday to pay their respects to U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt. The 20-year old died of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device that also killed 30-year-old Sgt. John W. Perry of Stockton, California on November 12, 2016. Two American contractors also died and seventeen others were wounded in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Iubelt, who was from Tamaroa, IL, was flown to Scott Air Force Base on Monday and then escorted to Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at First Baptist Church.

Scott Air Force Base shared photos of the gathering as Iubelt’s remains transited through Scott Air Force Base with his family. Members of the Fort Leonard Wood honor guard carry the remains during the dignified transfer ceremony.