Lt. Col. Belkofer Laid To Rest At Arlington Cemetery

Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer was killed along with four others in the Afghan capital Kabul last month. Their convoy was struck by a suicide bomber. Belkofer was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

DEBORAH AMOS, host:

And now we have this remembrance of Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Belkofer. He was killed last month with four others in Kabul, Afghanistan when their convoy was struck by a suicide bomber.

The 44-year-old Belkofer was laid to rest yesterday in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery just outside of Washington.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

John Miller was there for his friend's burial. The two met in kindergarten; they were best men at each other's weddings. We reached him last night during this long drive back home to Ohio.

Mr. JOHN MILLER: After I got married and then he got married and became active in the service, we didn't see as much of each other. But at the gravesite, hearing one of his guys speak about Tom, a lot of those same things he spoke about, although we did not know each other - the person speaking and myself -he spoke of the same things that I remembered of Tom. That really touched me and made me just think about all the relationships and people that he's impacted with his life.

AMOS: John Miller, remembering Army Lieutenant Colonel Tom Belkofer, one of the more than 1,000 U.S. service members who've been killed in Afghanistan.

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