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Full military honors for Griffin during Tuesday services at Fort Carson

Full military honors for Griffin during Tuesday services at Fort Carson

Aug 21, 2012 - Staff and wire reports

A Riverton soldier who died earlier this month in a suicide attack in Afghanistan was laid to rest Tuesday in Colorado.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday for 45-year-old Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, a Riverton High School graduate and former state champion wrestler for the Riverton Wolverines, at Fort Carson, Colo.

Griffin will be be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver with full military honors.

Griffin was a 24-year Army veteran and father of two.

He was killed along with two other soldiers and a foreign service officer on Aug. 8 when insurgents detonated suicide vests in Kunar province.

The U.S. Department of Defense has revised its original details of Griffin's death. Original news reports had said Griffin died Aug. 9 from gunfire when an Afghan security officer he had helped train turned his weapon on Griffin and the other two men, but subsequent accounts from the Army listed the suicide bombing as the cause of his death. The date of the attack also has been changed to Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Originally reported as Helmand province, the location of Griffin's death has since been revised to Kunar province.

Griffin previously had served three tours in Iraq and had been deployed to Kuwait and the Balkans.

While competing for the Riverton High School wrestling team, for which he won the 1985 Class 4-A state championship at 132 pounds, Griffin was chosen to represent Wyoming on an international student wrestling exchange.

As a soldier he was the recipient of numerous combat awards, including the bronze star for valor.

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