NORTH CHARLESTON — James W. "Will" Coker, the civilian kidnapped and killed while working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan, received military plane-side honors this morning.
Coker's remains arrived at the Charleston Air Force Base on a white charter plane from Dover Air Force Base. There, nearly two dozen family members approached his flag-draped casket on the tarmac, circling it alongside the plane and holding onto one another.
Coker, a 59-year-old Mount Pleasant resident, leaves behind a wife, three children and five grandchildren. He reportedly was kidnapped from a power plant near Kabul and strangled, making him only the third civilian killed in a decade of of war and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
Coker also built houses in the Charleston area and previously worked as a civilian at the Charleston Air Force Base for about 20 years. He returned there this morning to salutes from the Joint Base Charleston Honor Guard and a police motorcade leading his black hearse away.
Read more in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.