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Heartland soldier pays respect to fallen Major General Greene

ANNA, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of mourners bid farewell on Thursday to Major General Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.

Private Kenneth Holshouser was part of the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. He described it simply as powerful.

The Anna native was part of the casket team that presented the flag. The burial followed a private memorial service attended by 800 mourners, many in uniform, at Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall.

Holshouser said the funeral was for the highest ranking member of the military he's ever been apart of. He was very moved by everything.

"It was very powerful especially seeing how many people came out to support someone like that," Private Holshouser said. "It was a very amazing atmosphere to be apart of and to render the final honor on one of the highest ranking people I've ever done. It was a very big honor for me today."

Fifty-five-year-old Mayor General Harold Green went to Afghanistan in January.  It was the two-star general's first deployment to a war zone.

Greene spent most of 34-year Army career developing, building and supplying soldiers with equipment and technology.

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