TAMPA — A Plant City native killed in Iraq will return home a fallen hero Wednesday. Army Spc. David Andrew Croft Jr., 22, died Jan. 5 in Baghdad, after insurgents attacked his unit, the Department of Defense said.
His remains are expected to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base at 10 a.m. Wednesday, then be led by a Hillsborough Sheriff's Office escort to Plant City, sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said.
The procession is scheduled to leave MacDill between 10:30 and 11 a.m. The route will go north on Bayshore Boulevard, east on Platt Street, north on Florida Avenue, east on Jackson Street, north on Jefferson Street, east on Twiggs Street, along Channelside Drive to State Road 60, east on State Road 60, then north on Turkey Creek Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, ending at Haught Funeral Home in Plant City.
Visitation is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 905 W Terrace Drive, Plant City. The funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, also at the church.
Spc. Croft was a 2005 graduate of Durant High.