JACKSONVILLE — An East Texas paratrooper with Jacksonville connections will be laid to rest later today in Tyler Memorial Park.
Army Spc. Shawn N. Bounds, 23, died May 10 in what Army officials described as a traffic accident when his vehicle rolled in the public use area of the Knik River, located northeast of Anchorage, according to an Associated Press report.
He was transported by emergency responders to a hospital in nearby Palmer, where he subsequently was pronounced dead, according to the AP.
The Army said the fire support specialist was assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on October 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan from December 2011 to September 2012. He joined the Army in May 2011.
“Our Bubba lived out his dream of being a U.S. Soldier and standing for our nation,” read his obituary. “His love for this country and our freedom and his brothers-in-arms was evident in every part of his life and in all the lives he touched.”
Funeral services begin at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with Rev. Bob Van Dyke officiating, with burial following in Tyler Memorial Park.
Patriot Guard Riders from throughout East Texas will be in full force at the services, and will accompany Bounds to the cemetery, located at 12053 Highway 64 West in Tyler.