An Iowa native killed during combat in Afghanistan was laid to rest on Saturday.
Hundreds attended Army Sgt. Joseph Richardson's funeral at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona. A graveside service followed at the Indian Mounds Cemetery in Humboldt.
Richardson died November 16th while on patrol in Paktika province. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
Family members say the 23-year-old asked to go to Afghanistan because he loved serving in the Army. He had previously served a tour in Iraq. Richardson's family said he had re-enlisted for six more years shortly before his death.
Richardson spent most of his childhood in Algona and moved to Booneville, Arkansas after the ninth grade. He is survived by his wife, Ashley Richardson.
Gov. Terry Branstad ordered flags under state control to be flown at half-staff until 8 a.m. Monday.