Robert Voakes, Keweenaw Bay soldier, killed in Afghanistan

Robert Voakes Jr., a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan, was laid to rest on Monday.

Voakes, 21, was killed during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on June 4. He was three months into a 15-month deployment with the U.S. Army.

"He always gave of himself and was an inspiration and example to others," Valerie Voakes, Robert's mother, told The Houghton Daily Mining Gazette.

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Celebrating the life of Spc. Robert Voakes Jr. (Upper Michigan's Source 6/14)
Remembering Army Pfc. Robert Voakes Jr. (The Houghton Daily Mining Gazette 6/9)

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