Body of Steilacoom soldier will return to Fort Lewis

The body of Lt. Brian Bradshaw of Steilacoom, who died June 18 in in Kheyl, Afghanistan, will come home today to Fort Lewis.

Bradshaw, 24, will be flown to Gray Army Air Field from Dover Air Force Base, said his father, Paul. Bradshaw’s parents flew to the air base to be there when his body was returned to the United States.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed flags fly at half-staff today in Bradshaw’s memory.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St. S.W., in Lakewood. There will be a reception at the church and burial will follow at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery. The public is invited.

Bradshaw was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He died when an improvised bomb went off near him.

His unit deployed in stages to Afghanistan beginning in February. Bradshaw arrived in March.

The New Tacoma Cemetery and Funeral Home in University Place is handling funeral arrangements.