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Boynton Beach soldier to be laid to rest

ARLINGTON, VA (WFLX) -- Boynton Beach soldier Michael Metcalf will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Army private was killed on April 22nd in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb hit the Humvee he was riding in.

Another soldier was also killed in that attack.

Metcalf, who was called 'cowboy' by his friends, was headed to help a soldier who was in danger.

It was a volunteer rescue mission he would never return from.

The graduate of Park Vista High School enlisted in the Army after graduation. He was a lover of the ocean and of bull riding, hence the "Cowboy," nickname.

Metcalf's body returned home to Palm Beach County on May 2nd. His flag-draped coffin was greeted by dozens of mourners who filled the airport tarmac. An honor guard of Freedom Riders accompanied the body to a viewing in Boca Raton on May 5th.

"Everyone loved the kid," one friend said.

Metcalf was even said to have warned his loved ones that he might not return.

Metcalf's family will be in Arlington, where he will be buried with full military honors alongside more than 400,000 service members who served our country.

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