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.

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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