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.

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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.

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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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