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Sunday service here for ex-Tucsonan killed in Afghanistan

Memorial in Tucson, burial at Arlington



Army Cpl. Charles P. Gaffney Jr., a former Tucsonan who was killed in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, will be honored at a memorial service here Sunday.

The service with military honors is to begin at 1 p.m. in the chapel at East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road.

His remains will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Cpl. Gaffney, 42, whose wife and children live in Idaho, lived in Tucson in the ’70s, his father told the Arizona Daily Star.

Cpl. Gaffney died in Paktia, Afghanistan, “when his combat outpost received enemy rocket fire,” according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

According to Fort Campbell’s Web site, Cpl. Gaffney is survived by his wife, Lattacia, and daughters Cara and Mia of Caldwell, Idaho.

He is also survived by his father, Charles, of Phoenix.

He served in the Army in the 1980s, his family said.

He rejoined the Army in August 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in November 2007, according to an article by the fort’s public affairs office.

Gaffney was an M-4 rifle expert.

Among his decorations and awards is the Army Commendation Medal.

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