FORT GIBSON -- The funeral for a Tulsa soldier who died this month in Afghanistan will be Thursday in Fort Gibson, the funeral home said. Army Spc. Derek A. Stanley, 20, died June 5 in Salerno, Afghanistan, the military said in a news release.
His death was not combat-related, the Department of Defense reported. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. at Millsap Funeral Home, 700 E Poplar St. in Fort Gibson. His burial will be at noon Thursday at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Stanley has been remembered by friends and family as a young man who turned his life around after joining the military. Stanley graduated from the Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor in December 2003 in the top quarter of his class. He enlisted in the Army in March 2004. Stanley was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y.
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