Body of fallen Beaverton soldier brought home

Twenty-two-year-old John Pelham of Beaverton with his sister in an undated photo. (Courtesy Pelham family/Facebook)
Twenty-two-year-old John Pelham of Beaverton with his sister in an undated photo. (Courtesy Pelham family/Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The body of a 22-year-old U.S. Army soldier who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan last week will be flown back to Oregon Friday.

Patriot Guard Riders prepare for the arrival of the body of 22-year-old U.S. Army Spc. John Alexander Pelham of Beaverton, who was killed by gunfire in Afghanistan on Feb. 12, 2014. His body was flown into Portland on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. A procession will take Pelham's body to a local funeral home. (KOIN 6 News)
Patriot Guard Riders prepare for the arrival of the body of 22-year-old U.S. Army Spc. John Alexander Pelham.       (KOIN 6 News)

Spc. John Alexander Pelham of Beaverton was one of two soldiers killed Feb. 12 when his unit was hit by enemy small arms fire while on a mission in the Kapisa Province. His family said he was a classified intelligence officer.

Pelham’s body was scheduled to arrive at the Oregon Air Guard facility at Portland International Airport at 10:45 a.m. A procession will then take him to a funeral home.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Southwest 99th Avenue in Beaverton. Following that, at about 1 p.m., a procession will take him to the Willamette National Cemetery at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland, where he will be laid to rest.

The procession route will take Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to Highway 217 south, to Interstate 5 south, and then to Interstate 205 north.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered all flags to be at half-staff Monday in his honor.

Pelham was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He graduated from Sunset High School in 2010.

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