Funeral Tuesday for fallen soldier

Posted Oct. 10, 2009, at 1:27 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A funeral will be held Tuesday for a Maine native killed fighting in Afghanistan.

Thirty-year-old Sgt. Joshua Kirk was among eight soldiers killed Oct. 5 in a fierce fire fight in a remote Afghan outpost.

Kirk was born in Maine, but moved to Idaho at a young age. He returned to Maine as a young adult and received his GED from Camden Hills Regional High School.

The office of Gov. John Baldacci says the military listed Kirk’s hometown as South Portland.

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The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Michael’s Church in Exeter, N.H. Baldacci has ordered the United States and Maine flags be flown at half-staff that day.

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