Memorial held for fallen soldier

Memorial held for fallen soldier

SPOKANE, Wash. - The funeral for 22-year-old Cpl. Justin Clouse was held Saturday morning at Life Center.

Family and friends spoke today telling stories of Clouse and the type of son, brother and fiance he was.

Clouse was known by those closest to him as a friendly giant. He was caring, compassionate and loyal.

A representative from the Army even recalled what a leader he was. He said most people in Clouse's pay grade are only specialists but Clouse was given his title because he showed exceptional potential.

Clouse received a number of honors Saturday including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.

Many people came from all over Washington to honor Clouse, including Govenor Jay Inslee and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, who presented Clouse's family with a flag and a letter of condolence.

Clouse was killed in action in Afghanistan last week. Officials said the Sprague native was killed by friendly fire.