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Soldiers, family remember fallen hero at Camp Shelby

A soldier at Camp Shelby salutes a photograph of Master Sergeant Coater Debose during a memorial service at the post theater Friday. A soldier at Camp Shelby salutes a photograph of Master Sergeant Coater Debose during a memorial service at the post theater Friday.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

A Mississippi Army Reserve soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in August was remembered by fellow soldiers and family members at Camp Shelby Friday. Dozens gathered at a memorial service to honor Master Sergeant Coater Debose of Stateline.

He was killed by small arms fire while engaged in security force assistance operations in the town of Spin Boldak on Aug. 19. Debose deployed from Camp Shelby in April.

He was buried Tuesday with full military honors at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

"I always knew Coater, or Debo, as we often called him, as a fine soldier...hard-working, the hardest, professional," said Col. Christopher S. Forbes, commanding officer for the 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby. "The Army was not just a job to Master Sergeant Debose, it was a profession," Forbes said.

"Master Sergeant Coater Debose was like a magnet to people, like a magnet is to metal," said Staff Sergeant Leonard Kelley, who served with Debose. "Once you engaged in a conversation with him, it didn't matter who you were, you were drawn to him," Kelley said.

Debose is survived by his wife and five children. He was 55-years-old.

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