Honoring a fallen soldier 11/02/06
Photos by Tim Jaynes and David Jenkins
Time seemed to stop in New Madrid on Wednesday as the community took time to honor 1st Lt. Amos Camden Riley Bock, a New Madrid soldier who was killed on Oct. 23 while on patrol in Iraq. More than 1,000 people including schoolchildren (second photo) lined the streets holding American flags.
Bock was laid to rest with pallbearers made up of a military honor guard from the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky., a base where he once trained.
He was buried with full military honors including a 21-gun salute (third photo).
A memorial fund has been established in honor of Bock and will be used to establish a memorial scholarship and make memorial monetary contributions to charitable organizations and institutions that were supported by him and assisted him during his lifetime.
Donations may be sent to:
1st Lt. Amos Camden Bock Scholarship and Memorials Fund in care of the Bank of New Madrid P.O. Box 10 New Madrid, MO 63869.
NEW MADRID ó Amos Camden Riley Bock, 24, was killed by hostile enemy action on Oct. 23, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq, while leading his platoon on patrol.
Born Jan. 30, 1982, in Cape Girardeau, son of H. Riley Bock and Jill Ann Plummer Bock of New Madrid, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in New Madrid. A 2000 graduate of New Madrid County Central High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and co-captain of the schoolís wrestling team. While in high school he joined the National Guard, serving as part of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, Company C in Sikeston, until his acceptance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
At West Point he was a member of the schoolís Skeet and Trap Team and the Knights of Columbus and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation. He completed Airborne Assault training in 2003 and in 2005 completed his Ranger training. Currently he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was a 1st lieutenant. In November 2005, his unit was deployed to Baghdad, where, as a field artillery officer and platoon leader, he was assigned to patrol and combat security operations in the southern part of the city.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mariah Jane Bock, a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia; and his grandmother, Helen Plummer of New Madrid.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry and Kathleen Bock, and his maternal grandfather, William H. Plummer.
Visitation is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Richardís Funeral Home where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Tochtrop, pastor, officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
1st Lt. Amos Camden Bock Scholarship and Memorials Fund in care of the Bank of New Madrid P.O. Box 10 New Madrid, MO 63869