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Body of Dadeville soldier killed in Iraq arrives home

ALEXANDER CITY (AP) — More than 100 friends, family members and officials gathered at the T.C. Russell Field Airport on Wednesday for the arrival of the body of a 19-year-old Dadeville resident killed in Iraq.

Pfc. James Jacob "Spanky" Harrelson died July 17 in Baghdad from wounds he received when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb. He had been serving in Iraq since May.

Harrelson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan. An honors team from Fort Benning, Ga., was on hand at the airport to move the casket from the plane.

Harrelson's funeral, with full U.S. Army military honors, is set for Friday at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dadeville. Burial is to follow in the Hillview Memorial Park in Alexander City.

The family planned to receive friends starting at 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

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