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Orfordville soldier's body returns home

U.S. Army Cpl. Benjamin Neal

Orfordville soldier's body returns home

By The Associated Press. CREATED May 6, 2012

ORFORDVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The body of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Afghanistan has been returned to Orfordville.
Hundreds of residents lined the streets Saturday morning to watch a procession of vehicles escorting the family of 21-year-old Corporal Benjamin Neal.
A chartered plane landed at the airport just after 9 a.m. Saturday. A Janesville Gazette report says Neal's flag-covered casket was carried from the plane in a simple ceremony.
The procession from the airport to Orfordville included dozens of motorcycles ridden by the Patriot Guard Riders. People stood in intersections and driveways along the 18-mile route.
A public visitation will be Monday at 4 p.m., followed by a funeral Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The Pentagon says the decorated soldier was killed April 25th after enemy forces attacked his unit.