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Funeral Procession for Spc. Kyle A. Coumas~ By Tammy Beilstein
Valley Springs, CA....Calaveras County residents lined the streets today for the funeral procession of fallen soldier, Spc. Kyle A. Coumas. Spc. Kyle A. Coumas, 22, of Lockeford, Calif., died on Oct. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds he suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash....
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The son of Michael and Lori Coumas, Kyle attended Mokelumne River School in Acampo before transferring to Century Christian School in Lodi. He then went to Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton where he enjoyed participating in the annual band competition at Disneyland. Kyle Coumas graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2005.
Even as a teen, Coumas knew he wanted to serve in the armed forces. He is remembered as a kind, bright, generous young man, interested in sci-fi and fantasy books, video games and Star Wars.
According to a news release from Fort Lewis, Coumas earned awards and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Present at today’s funeral procession were individuals from all walks of life – moms and dads with their children, teenagers with their friends, grandparents, veterans and businesspeople – all folks who stopped what they were doing today in order to honor and pay their respects to a young soldier who risked and lost his life for America’s freedom and security.
Standing along the side of the road for quite some time while carrying a large American flag was a man who said he is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. He wishes to remain anonymous because, as he put it, “This isn’t about me”.
The Patriot Guard Riders are a group of patriotic men and women who, at the family’s request, attend the funerals of any active duty member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces, as well as the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel and all first responders.
When asked how he felt about being at the funeral procession for Spc. Kyle A. Coumas, the Patriot Guard Rider said he was ‘honored’ to be there. He then looked at all those standing around him and said, “We stand for those who stood for us”.
Spc. Kyle A. Coumas was laid to rest this afternoon in the Sandoz-Fuchs Family Cemetery in Wilseyville, CA.