Local Soldier's Body Arrives Home
Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino's funeral will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at at St. Lucy's Church in Middletown.
The body of fallen soldier Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino arrived at Quonset Point in Rhode Island Friday morning before being escorted to Memorial Funeral Home in Newport, confirmed Sgt. John Kiernan, Army liaison to the Paranzino family.
With family present, the Rhode Island National Guard served as Casket Guard during a brief ceremony in which the casket was transferred from the military aircraft that landed at Quonset Point to a hearse that carried Paranzino's body to the Memorial Funeral Home in Newport, said Sgt. Kiernan.
Before being brought to Rhode Island, his body first arrived from Afghanistan to Dover, DE, on Saturday, Nov. 6, in a "dignified transfer" ceremony attended by family.
Funeral services with full military honors are scheduled to be held Monday, Nov. 15, to honor the fallen hero.
Paranzino, 22, of Middletown, died Nov. 5 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, or IED. He served as a cavalry scout assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, N.Y., reportedly the only division within the U.S. Army trained for specialized fighting under harsh terrain and weather conditions.
Also Friday, Memorial Funeral Home announced services to be held Sunday and Monday.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. His funeral will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m., also at Memorial Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucy's Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown, according to his obituary released Friday.
Donations in his memory may be made to N.E.V.O.S.H., c/o Carl Sakovits, 191 America Way, Jamestown, R.I. 02835.