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Body of Army Specialist returns to Berkshires

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Hundreds gathered in Pittsfield to honor a Dalton man who died serving the country overseas. The body of Army Specialist Mitch Daehling arrived Wednesday. Our Madeleine Rivera has more on the day’s solemn events.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "It's replaying all over again. From what had happened in North Adams last year to this again, it's tough," said Adam DeMarsico.

He lost his brother, Michael DeMarsico, from North Adams, last August after he stepped on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, he lined park square in Pittsfield with hundreds of others, waiting for Specialist Mitch Daehling's body to arrive home.

"It makes me tear up a little bit, losing another one from around the area," said DeMarsico.

Daehling died last Tuesday in Afghanistan. He was one of four soldiers killed after a roadside bomb hit their unit. Daehling, a Dalton resident, was 24-years-old and recently married less than a year ago.

"Anytime you lose a soldier or any military personnel, it's very sad. You just have to rally behind the family and show your support," said Robert Cardimino, a veteran.

That's what they did. Children, veterans, local workers, holding flags high for the fallen soldier.

"It's something we should be doing. These guys are out there. They're putting it on the line," said Cardimino.

People watched solemnly as the motorcade brought Daehling's body to the funeral home on North Street. Now this community mourns and hopes no other soldier comes home this way.

"We just have to support the mission and hopefully we bring everyone home soon," said Navy Commander Mark Nowalk.

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