The nephew of the New Zealand Defence Minister (Phil Goff) is given full military honours in Los Angeles.
Then 1st Lt. Ferrara (24) was killed in action during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan.
"The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces in Aranus, Afghanistan, on Nov 9. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.
1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, 24, of Torrance, Calif., who died Nov. 9 in Aranus.
Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, 23, of Parker, Kan., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus.
Spc. Sean K. A. Langevin, 23, of Walnut Creek, Calif., who died Nov. 9 in Aranus.
Spc. Lester G. Roque, 23, of Torrance, Calif., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus.
Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour, 21, of Swartz Creek, Mich., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus."
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