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Memorial held for Cookville soldier

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An honorable and often tearful memorial was held for an east Texas soldier who fell in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

25 year old army Staff Sergeant, Chauncey Mays, of Cookville was on his third tour in Afghanistan, when he was killed as his unit was attacked with an IED. At Chapel Hill School in Titus County, former and current military members saluted him. 

"They put on the uniform every day and put themselves in harms way," said one family friend.

Mays of was part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was on what would have been his third and final tour, 2 in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. At the invitation of the family, the Patriot Guard stood in long flag lines in tribute to a fallen brother.

"He would actually probably be pretty mad that we did this because he never wanted to be known or high and mighty," says Chaunceys bother , Cheyenne Mays.

Many choked back tears as they paid tribute.

"He was American soldier , American hero , American patriot," said a memorial visitor.

Many talked of how men measure their lives. Did they make a difference while they were here? Mays family says, he did.

"He made a big difference , he had an impact on a of peoples lives he saved a lot of peoples lives," Cheyenne says.

Staff Sergeant Mays' body is expected to be returned to Texas within the next few days. He will be buried with full military honors.

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