Army captain returned to Maumee for memorial services

Army captain returned to Maumee for memorial services

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Maumee man killed in a training exercise will be mourned and remembered by his family and friends this weekend before being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Friday, the remains of Jonathan Wynkoop were returned to his hometown of Maumee, where a viewing was held for him at Calvary Church.

A 2005 graduate of Springfield High School and a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Wynkoop was most recently a captain in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas in 2011 in the 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. In 2013, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

Wynkoop was killed March 31 during a training exercise at Fort Bliss when a military vehicle backed over the cot he was sleeping on.

His body was escorted home from the Detroit Metro Airport by members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

“Our veterans deserve the best,” said Frank Harris, one of the riders. “We're all volunteers. We come here invited by the family. We stand here with our American flags in honor of the veteran and the family.”

On Saturday, a memorial service will be held at Calvary Church at 11 a.m., followed by a flyover by the Ohio 180th.

Wynkoop will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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