About 500 people lined both sides of Ramsey Street on Monday as the bodies of of Staff Sgt. Bryan Black and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson arrived at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.
Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington, and Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio, were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, according to Army Special Operations Command. They were part of a 12-man team operating in the African country of Niger on Oct. 4, when they were attacked by as many as 50 enemy fighters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
“We pay honor and respect to the troopers,” said James Van Galder, 69, who spent 34 combined years in the Army and Air Force and is now a member of the Patriot Guard, a volunteer group that honors fallen soldiers, and serves on the Cumberland County Veterans Council.