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Body of Overland Park soldier returns home

Published on -5/29/2012, 6:34 AM

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- The remains of an Overland Park soldier who died in Afghanistan returned home on Memorial Day.

More than 100 people solemnly greeted the body of Sgt. Michael Knapp when it arrived Monday at Kansas City International Airport.

Knapp and another soldier died May 18 when their unit was hit by enemy rocket fire that also killed three civilians.

He earned several military honors, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade.

The 28-year-old Shawnee Mission North graduate leaves behind a wife and 9-month-old daughter. Knapp's family has set a fund for his daughter. Donations are being accepted at any Valley View Bank.

Knapp previously served in Kosovo and two deployments in Iraq.

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