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Naples soldier to be laid to rest Friday

Mar. 20, 2013

Area's military dead

Several Southwest Florida residents killed in Afghanistan.

» Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, 31, formerly of Naples, was killed in a non-combative helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Monday.
» Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Lehigh Acres, who died in 2012 in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
» Sgt. Linda L. Pierre, 28, of Immokalee, in 2011, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
» Marine Sgt. Jason G. Amores, 29, of Lehigh Acres, died in 2011 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
» Army Spc. Carlos J. Negron, 40, of Fort Myers died in 2010, in Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with rifle and small-arms fire.
» Lance Cpl. Dennis James Burrow, 23, of Naples, died in 2009, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
» Marine Sgt. Michael C. Roy, 25, of North Fort Myers, died in 2009, in Afghanistan.
» Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Strickland, 25, of LaBelle, was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008.
» Army Spc. Brandon D. Gordon, 21, of Naples, died in 2007, in a helicopter crash in Zabul province, Shahjoi district, Afghanistan.
» Dr. Roy Wood, 47, of Alva, a sergeant in Army Special Forces, was killed near Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2004.
» Army Capt. Daniel Eggers, 28, whose parents and siblings lived in Cape Coral, was killed in 2004 in Afghanistan when his Humvee hit a mine.
» Army Pfc. Brandon Wadman, 19, of Cape Coral, was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
»Army Staff Sgt. Justin J. Galewski, 28, of Fort Myers, was killed in 2002 in Afghanistan.
» U.S. Army Rangers Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, who taught at Fort Myers Middle School for three years in the late 1990s, died in Afghanistan in 2002.


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A former Naples resident killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on March 11 will be laid to rest Friday in Naples. Visitation will be Thursday in Bonita Springs.

Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, 31, served in the U.S. Army. He is the 14th Southwest Floridian killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

His body will arrive at the Naples Airport at 9:15 a.m. Thursday before being taken, via police escort, to Shikany's Funeral Home, 28300 S. Tamiami Trail, in Bonita.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church Life Center, 28290 Beaumont Rd. in Bonita.

On Friday, the funeral service begins at 10 a.m. at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples.

Scialdo will be laid to rest with full military honors at Palm Royale Cemetery Mausoleum, 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.

Scialdo's Facebook page listed him as a Black Hawk crew chief. He was living in Savannah, Ga.

The March 11 crash brought the number of U.S. troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces this year. Two U.S. special operations forces were gunned down hours earlier in an insider attack by an Afghan policeman in eastern Afghanistan.

The NATO military coalition said in a statement that initial reports showed no enemy activity in the area. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the statement said.

The official said the helicopter went down outside Kandahar city.

All five people aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk were killed, said Maj. Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the international military coalition.

The deaths make 12 U.S. troops killed this year in Afghanistan. There were 297 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan in 2012, according to the Associated Press.

It was the deadliest crash since August, when a U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of Kandahar. Seven Americans and four Afghans died in that crash.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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