Dozens of people turned out Saturday morning at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington to bid farewell to Army Pfc. LeRoy DeRonde III.
DeRonde, a lifetime resident of Jersey City, had joined the Army in 2011 to help support his family after his mother died.
Relatives say he became a model soldier and was promoted right after graduating from basic training.
DeRonde was one of two soldiers killed when their unit was attacked on May 27 in the Chak-E Wardak District.
His survivors include his father and his 17-year-old brother.
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