Family and friends are honoring an Iowa Army National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people filled IKM-Manning High School in Manning on Wednesday for the funeral for 32-year-old Staff Sgt. James Justice, of Grimes. KCCI-TV in Des Moines says friends talked about Justice's military friends, his life-long buddies and his family, especially his love for his young daughter.

Justice died of enemy small arms fire on April 23 while helping to rescue the crew of a helicopter that made a hard landing. Another Iowa soldier, Spc. Zachary Durham, of Des Moines, was injured.

Both men were assigned to the 113th Cavalry, which is based at Camp Dodge.

Justice will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

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