The body of a soldier from Palmetto who died in floodwaters during a training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, returns home Thursday afternoon escorted by members of the Ellenton AmVets Chapter 301, the Patriot Guard and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, was one of nine soldiers killed June 2 after the 2.5-ton truck they were riding in overturned in floodwaters in Coryell County, Texas.
His body is due to arrive at 2:58 p.m. Thursday at Tampa International Airport.
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Lance Biddle, commander of AmVets Post 301, said the family is being taken to Tampa in Chevrolet Suburbans provided by Cox Chevrolet, and will have a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office escort round trip.
The procession is expected to return to Palmetto via Interstate 275 between 5 and 5:15 p.m., stopping at Westside Funeral Home, 204 Seventh St. W.
Fuller entered Army service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned in April to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.
His awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
The funeral service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at First Bible Church, 10204 4th St. W.
Committal service will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9801 State Road 72.