Pfc. Jamie Riley, 21, of Fair Haven was killed when two military vehicles collided during a training exercise last month in New Mexico. His funeral will be held Monday morning in Red Bank.
The funeral for a soldier from New Jersey killed in a military training exercise in New Mexico last month will be held Monday morning in Monmouth County.
Visitation for Pfc. Jamie Riley, 21, of Fair Haven, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, according to an online obituary. A funeral service will take a place at 3 p.m. Interment will be private at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Riley, of Fair Haven, was the son of Carl Riley, the police director in Plainfield.
Fair Haven officials have organized a silent tribute to Riley as the funeral procession passes through the town. Those participating are asked to assemble at 9:15 a.m. on Harding Road between Oaklawn Road and Harrison Avenue. The town has asked people not to park on Harding Road.
Riley and Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom, 24 of Bloomingdale, Michigan, died of the injuries they sustained when two Stryker vehicles collided at New Mexico’s McGregor Range on Jan. 22, officials said.
Both Riley and Wixom were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Riley, a cavalry scout, joined the U.S. Army in January 2018 and had been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas since June.
Since enlisting, RIley was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge, Basic Marksmanship Badge, and Bar, Weapon: Rifle Expert.
A 2015 graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, Riley played football and ran track in high school. He also excelled in Tae Kwon Do, achieving his third degree black belt, according to the his obituary.
He is survived by his parents Carolyn and Carl Riley; his younger sister, Cassidy Riley and both sets of grandparents.
“Jamie will always be remembered for his lovable personality, hardworking, helpful ways, generosity, extreme kindness, and most importantly his good-natured smile that could light up the darkest room,” his obituary read.
Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered U.S. and New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in memory of Riley.