Big Island Native Laid To Rest With Full Military Honors

Dec 10, 2019

Hundreds of people in northern Utah including the Patriot Guard, military personnel and law enforcement officials have attended the funeral service and burial of a 25-year-old Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan.

The Deseret News reported Monday that Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr. was one of two Army pilots killed in the Nov. 20 crash while providing aerial security to ground troops outside of Kabul.

Officials say Fuchigami was laid to rest with full military honors Monday at Brigham City Cemetery, including a 21-gun salute and a military aircraft flyover.

Fuchigami was assigned to a 1st Cavalry Division aviation unit from Fort Hood, Texas. He was from Keaau on Hawaii Island and was married to Utah native McKenzie Norman in March.