Friday, October 28, 2011

Funeral for US Army Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveira

Newark: With heavy hearts and solemn salutes, more than 2,500 service members and police watched pallbearers carry Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveira's casket, draped with an American flag, into the Cathedral Basilica today.

Oliveira, 33, of Newark, was killed last week in Afghanistan's Paktika Province when his unit was attacked by insurgents using an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense said. Oliveira, who friends called George, was also an Essex County sheriff's officer for 11 years.

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