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Roy's body returns

October 25, 2000

Roy's body returns



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


The body of U.S. Navy Fireman Patrick Howard Roy of Keedysville, who was killed in the USS Cole bombing, arrived in Washington County Wednesday.

His body had been at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware since Sunday.

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A funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church at 25 S. Main St. in Keedysville. Burial will follow at Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg.

Roy's body - in a closed flag-draped casket - will be at the church Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Paul Dean, the funeral director of Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro, which is handling the arrangements, said the main room at the church will accommodate between 150 and 200 people.

A downstairs room will have a video hook-up showing the service and additional chairs, but he didn't know how many.

Other attendees will stand outside the church and listen to an audio feed, Dean said.

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A Roy family friend, the Rev. Dr. Warren Ebbenger, will lead the service.

Parking details had not been figured out Wednesday. Dean said the church only has about 20 spaces and visitors should car pool if they can.

He planned to meet today with Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department to discuss which streets may be used for parking.

Roy, 19, was one of 17 sailors killed on the USS Cole. Another victim was Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, who was buried at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Cemetery at Lappans Crossroads on Oct. 21.

The Oct. 12 bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden is being considered a terrorist act.

Two patrol cars from the Maryland State Police and one from the Washington County Sheriff's Department escorted a gray hearse carrying Roy's body to the Bast Funeral Home Wednesday.

The caravan arrived at the funeral home just before 5:30 p.m. Roy's casket was removed from the hearse and taken inside the building.

Officials from the United States Navy were also on hand.

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