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A final farewell to an East Texas soldier

ALBA, TX (KLTV) - Army Sgt. Joshua David Powell was on his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan last week when he and 3 others were killed in an IED attack.

KLTV was invited by the family to be there, as members from the Army joined with Sgt. Powell's family to say their final goodbyes to a fallen soldier.

"A man who answered the call to serve others who was motivated into action believed in his love for this nation and his love for his soldiers," said General Bryan Watson, United States Army.

With flags in hand, hundreds lined up to pay their respects to a fallen hero

"I know this that Sgt. Powell was a man you called son, husband, brother, grandson, cousin or friend we called a soldier and more importantly we called him sergeant," said Gen. Watson.

Powell was not only a sergeant, but a leader who was well respected by his fellow soldiers.

"Just look at the number of soldiers who have come here for one purpose on their money to honor someone the considered to be their leader," said Gen. Watson.

General Watson says this is the most soldiers he's ever seen at a soldier's funeral.

Each making sure they said their final goodbyes and saluted their brother one last time.

"He was a soldier and I thank my lord everyday that I had the privilege to serve along the likes of him and I rejoice that god continues to raise men like him for this nation, now may he rest in peace," said Gen. Watson.

Family says Sgt Powell's desire to serve his country started at a very early age, and that every time the opportunity came to go and serve, he was there.

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