Funeral Friday for Orono soldier

Posted June 29, 2010, at 9:36 p.m.
Sgt. Brandon Silk of Orono, a Black Hawk crew chief serving with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, died Monday, June 21, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Silk family)
Sgt. Brandon Silk of Orono, a Black Hawk crew chief serving with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, died Monday, June 21, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Silk family)

OLD TOWN, Maine— A Black Hawk helicopter will conduct an honorary flyover Friday when the body of Sgt. Brandon Silk, 25, who died June 21 in Afghanistan and whose family lives in Orono, is laid to rest.

Silk was a Black Hawk crew chief for the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

His body is scheduled to be flown from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and arrive at Bangor International Airport at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. It then will be escorted by motorcade to Old Town, where funeral and burial services are planned for Friday.

Maine State Police will lead the motorcade, which will include police units from several area communities and members of the Maine Patriot Guard Riders. The procession will make its way down Hammond Street to the northbound ramp of Interstate 95 and will exit at Kelly Road in Orono and then will travel along U.S. Route 2 to Old Town.

Visiting hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home at 287 South Main St., Old Town, and Silk’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday at United Baptist Church on Middle Street in Old Town.

A graveside service at Lawndale Cemetery, on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town, will take place directly after the funeral.

The Black Hawk flyover is scheduled to occur during the graveside service, weather permitting, Chief Warrant Officer Corey Scott said Tuesday afternoon.

Silk will be buried with full military honors, which will include a gun salute, honorary casket flag folding and the playing of taps.

Silk graduated from Orono High School in 2003, and his parents, Mark and Lynn Silk, still live in town. His father is a military veteran who served in the same battalion as his oldest son. Silk’s younger brothers, David, 22, and Blaine, 18, are guardsmen with the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor.

“His family is extremely proud of their son, and what he accomplished,” Scott said. “They feel their son died in honor.”

Silk enlisted shortly after his high school graduation, and was on his fourth overseas tour of duty — his second in Afghanistan — when he died from injuries he suffered during a hard helicopter landing.

In honor of Silk’s service to his country, Gov. John Baldacci has directed that American and Maine flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday.

“Sgt. Silk died doing what he loved doing — serving his country,” said Scott.

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