Local soldier killed in Afghanistan

LA PORTE, TX It was a funeral service fit for a soldier. The people closest to Specialist Griemel gathered to say goodbye to the 20-year-old, killed in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan last week.

"He was a lovable kid," said his brother Chase Schallert. "Everybody loved him. He had a big smile, big heart. I loved him, still do, and I miss him."

The petroleum specialist had gone to La Porte High School, enlisted in the Army in 11th grade, married his high school sweetheart and left a big impression on the people around him.

Family friend Josh Aldridge recalled, "I knew him since he was eight or nine years old and he was a good kid, did good in school. He was out going, adventurous. It's just a shame."

Specialist Griemel's death remains under investigation. But his family says they were told he was a day away from being promoted to sergeant when he died. Instead, with the crack of a 21 gun salute and the sound of Taps, Specialist Griemel's friends and family said goodbye, not only to a soldier, but to a loved one they will never forget.

Specialist Griemel was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

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