SONORA -- Public funeral services for Army Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Rapp will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, in Sonora.
A processional will take the body from Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home, 225 Rose St., to the church at 9:30 a.m. Members of the 82nd Airborne, Rapp's division, and Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle club for veterans and patriots, will be among the escorts.
The Sonora soldier was less than a month from the end of his deployment when a bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the gates of the Afghan government building that Rapp, 22, was guarding Monday.
His mother, Jennifer Rapp, said her son's body had been returned to the United States and was in Dover, Del., on Saturday. Rapp said she preferred to keep the time of her son's return to the area a private matter.
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Her son left instructions for his services that include full military honors and the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.
Rapp enlisted in the Army after graduating from Sonora High School in 2004. His family said it was in response to the Sept. 11 attacks. Rapp spent four months in Iraq in 2005.
"He said, 'Never again on our soil,' " recalled his mother. "He felt that he was working to protect America and help the people in those countries."
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