Fuchigami laid to rest with full military honors

  • Family members of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. look up as Apache helicopters fly over graveside services Monday at Brigham City Cemetery in Brigham, Utah. From front, left to right: Kirk Fuchigami, father; Jana Lee Hunsaker Norman, mother-in-law; McKenzie Norman Fuchigami, wife; and Lisa Marie Casey, mother. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Hundreds of people in northern Utah including the Patriot Guard, military personnel and law enforcement officials have attended the funeral service and burial of a 25-year-old Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr. was one of two Army pilots killed in the Nov. 20 crash while providing aerial security to ground troops in eastern Logar Province outside of Kabul.


Officials say Fuchigami was laid to rest with full military honors Monday at Brigham City Cemetery including a 21-gun salute and a military aircraft flyover.

Officials say his widow and parents received the folded flags and spent casings from the 21-gun salute.


Fuchigami was from Keaau, and his wife, McKenzie Norman, is from Utah. He was a newlywed, having married his wife just eight months earlier.

Officials say Fuchigami was assigned to a 1st Cavalry Division aviation unit from Fort Hood, Texas.

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