Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan Remembered as a Soldier, Father, Friend

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Funeral services for U.S. Army Green Beret Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, are held at Bethany Assembly of God Church in Agawam, Mass. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen/The Republican via AP)
Funeral services for U.S. Army Green Beret Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, are held at Bethany Assembly of God Church in Agawam, Mass. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen/The Republican via AP)

AGAWAM, Mass. — A Green Beret from Massachusetts killed during combat operation in Afghanistan last month was remembered at his funeral not just as a soldier, but as a father, friend and loving fiancé.

Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa was laid to rest Tuesday at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, shortly after a funeral service at Bethany Assembly of God Church.

His 9-year-old daughter, Angie, moved mourners to tears when she read a letter to her father that said "Dear Papi, thank you for being a great hero and a great daddy. Thank you for defending our country and for always loving me."

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The 31-year-old native of Puerto Rico and longtime Chicopee resident was one of two Green Berets killed Aug. 21 as a result of small arms fire in Faryab Province.

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