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Body Of Coral Springs Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Flown To Florida

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(Source:AP/Rob Carr)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The body of a soldier from Coral Springs, who was killed in Afghanistan, has been brought home.

Joseph Schiro, 27, a graduate of Taravella High School, was killed in the Wardak Province. The army said he died of wounds received from small arms fire. His body arrived Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach.

He leaves behind his wife, three children, his parents, grandparents and many more relatives.

Schiro was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He enlisted in the Army in June 2004, as an Airborne Infantryman.

After serving on three deployments to Afghanistan, Schiro attended the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical certification course. He graduated in May and was assigned as an assistant detachment commander in Company B.

Though modest about his achievements, the Army released an astounding list of awards that Schiro earned over the past few years. It includes two bronze star medals, two army commendation medals, two army achievement medals, the Afghanistan campaign medal with 3 campaign stars and the Iraq Campaign medal with 2 campaign stars.

Schiro will be laid to rest Monday after a memorial service.

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