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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Local soldier honored after death in Iraq

Richard Neiberger said his son was energetic and stood up against injustice.

Two veterans societies from SFCC and UF honored Neiberger's son, Chris, on Tuesday at SFCC Northwest Campus for his dedication to the military.

Alachua County resident Chris Neiberger, a specialist in the U.S. Army, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Aug. 6.

His parents, Richard and Mary Neiberger, were presented with the U.S. flag from the Patriot Circle, which is in front of the administration building at SFCC.

While an Eagle Scout played "Taps," two UF and five SFCC veterans society members lowered the flag.

The flag was presented to Richard Neiberger, and a bouquet of roses was given to Mary Neiberger.

"Chris didn't have to join the Army, he chose to join the Army," Richard Neiberger said. "He chose to stand up against injustice."

Chris Neiberger was also an Eagle Scout and active church member.

"He went on missions trips with his church to Honduras, and helped at an orphanage in Mexico," said Steve Gamewell, the assistant scout master of Neiberger's troop.

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