Hundreds attend Maine soldier’s funeral

Posted Nov. 19, 2010, at 5:46 a.m.
This Feb. 16, 2010 photo provided by the Department of Defense shows 20-year-old Spc. Andrew Hutchins, of New Portland, Maine, who was killed Monday Nov. 8, 2010 while on tower duty in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan. Hutchins was a 2008 graduate of Carrabec High School in North Anson, Maine and was serving as a military policeman assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)
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This Feb. 16, 2010 photo provided by the Department of Defense shows 20-year-old Spc. Andrew Hutchins, of New Portland, Maine, who was killed Monday Nov. 8, 2010 while on tower duty in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan. Hutchins was a 2008 graduate of Carrabec High School in North Anson, Maine and was serving as a military policeman assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Army Cpl. Andrew L. Hutchins, of New Portland, Maine, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at his funeral service at the National Guard armory, in Augusta, Maine. Hutchins was killed in combat on Nov. 8, 2010, while serving in Khost province at a combat outpost in Sabari, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Pallbearers carry the casket of Army Cpl. Andrew L. Hutchins, of New Portland, Maine, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at his funeral service at the National Guard armory, in Augusta, Maine. Hutchins was killed in combat on Nov. 8, 2010, while serving in Khost province at a combat outpost in Sabari, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hundreds of family and friends have paid their respects to a 20-year-old soldier from Maine who was killed in Afghanistan.

According to the Morning Sentinel, about 350 people attended Friday’s funeral for Cpl. Andrew Hutchins, who was killed Nov. 8 in the Khost province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan.

During the service at the Augusta Armory, Col. Valmore Vigue called Hutchins a great young man and a great soldier.

Hutchins was from New Portland and a 2008 graduate of Carrabec High School in North Anson.

Gov. John Baldacci ordered U.S. and Maine flags flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in Hutchins’ honor.

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