|Funeral Services Held for Sgt. 1st Class Brad Thomas|
|Written by Gilbert Scales|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00|
Funeral services for Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford “Brad” Thomas were held at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, on Sunday afternoon.
Sgt. Thomas was killed along with two of his fellow soldiers by a suicide bomber while on patrol in the city of Khowst, the Capital of Khowst Province, 95 miles southeast of Kabul.
Brad Thomas graduated from Travelers Rest High School in 2000 and went to work with Charter Media.
After Sept. 11, 2001, he enlisted in the S.C. Army National Guard, and was first deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He was a member of the 133rd Military Police Company, 51st Military Police Battalion in Florence, SC.
The Company was deployed to Afghanistan last November to assist in the training of the Afghan Military and local police officials.
Sgt. Brad Thomas was buried with full military honors, including a Caisson pulled by two mounted horses for the last two miles to Nine Forks Baptist Church in Dacusville.
Patriotic citizens, including small children with American flags, were standing on both sides of the road leading to the church cemetery.
The American Flag was presented to his wife, his father and his mother by a US Army Officer.
The South Carolina State Flag was presented to his wife by Howard Metcalf, Director of Veterans Affairs Office in Columbia.
Sgt. Thomas is survived by his wife Jana, and son Cayden, and his parents, Bud and Marsha Thomas of Easley.
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