Body of soldier killed in crash returns to St. Louis

Posted on: 5:53 pm, December 23, 2013, by

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The body of one of six US soldiers killed last week in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan returned back home to St. Louis Monday.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Joshua Silverman, 35, grew up in West County in the Chesterfield area.

Draped in the American flag, Silverman`s body arrived at Lambert Airport on around 10:30am in the morning.

As Silverman`s loved ones looked on, army soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood helped escort the body to a waiting hearse.

Silverman was one of six American soldiers killed last Tuesday when the Blackhawk helicopter they were on crashed in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan.

Silverman attended Parkway schools including Parkway Central High School through the 11th grade when he moved to Phoenix with his family.

He was based at Fort Riley in Kansas and lived in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Silverman leaves behind many family members including his wife.

The Patriot Guard riders also helped escort Silverman`s body from Lambert.

A Fort Riley spokesperson says the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but all indications are that it was the result of a mechanical problem.

The funeral service for Silverman is Tuesday morning at 11:30 at the Berger Memorial Chapel in Olivette.

He will be buried with full military honors at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield.