U.S. Army SPC Jeremy Raymond Gullett, 22, of Greenup, Ky., was killed in the line of duty May 7, in the Sabari District, Afghanistan, when a vehicle he was riding in struck a roadside bomb.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wurtland Middle School, conducted by Dr. Deron Newman, with burial in Gullett Family Cemetery in Greenup.
Gullett was a member of the 4th Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment 4th Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Ky.
A 2003 graduate of Greenup County High School, Gullett was active all four years of high school in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program.
"He was a good kid. He was energetic, he was joyful. He was pleasant to be around, and he came from good stock," said Master Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Senchel, commander of the Junior ROTC program at Greenup High School. "We have a saying in the Marine Corps, 'We build men.' We don't build men, mom and dad build men - we just take it a step farther."
Gullett also had been a member of the Little Sandy Volunteer Fire Department, and all of the fire departments in the area have been invited to participate in the ceremony Saturday.
In a memo to firefighters from Tim Wright, secretary, on behalf of the president of the Greenup County Firefighters Association, Steve Warrick, firefighters were told firefighter rites will be conducted at Wurtland Middle School.
The memo also said those departments that are planning on bringing more than one truck for the procession to the cemetery, need to know one truck will be placed in the procession and the other truck or trucks will be staged along U.S. 23 in Greenup.
Warrick said it was his hope all GCFFA member departments will participate, and he issued an open invitation to other departments from outside the association to join in the ceremony.
Gullett, a son of Harold Raymond and Cheryl Dillow Gullett of Greenup, also is survived by his wife of three years, Janeth Ygana Gullett of Greenup, and two daughters, Kaye Ygana and Katie Gullett.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from noon until service time Saturday at Wurtland Middle School.
The United States Army will be performing full military rites in addition to full firefighter's honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reed Funeral Home in Greenup.
When the announcement came about Gullett's death, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear directed all flags be flown at half-staff over all state office buildings.
Col. Phil Miller, of the Department of Military Affairs, said the flags will remain at half-staff until sundown Saturday.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.