Sgt. James Gregory Johnston was honored Friday with a dignified transfer ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas.
He deployed with 79th Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group, 48th Chemical Brigade.
A post on a Fort Hood Facebook page noted that the soldierâ€™s family wore Hawaiian shirts in memory of the soldier who had a fondness for colorful shirts.
â€œThe Family has asked on their social media accounts for people to honor Johnston by wearing Hawaiian shirts today,â€ the post said.
Johnston and Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, a 32-year-old Green Beret with 10th Special Forces Group , both died from injuries from small arms fire on June 25 in Uruzgan province. The Defense Department is investigating the incident.
Johnstonâ€™s battalion commander remembered the Purple Heart recipient as “the epitome of what we as soldiers all aspire to be: intelligent, trained, always ready.”
“We will honor his service and his sacrifice to this nation as we continue to protect others from explosive hazards around the world,â€ Lt. Col. Stacy M. Enyeart said in a statement.
A memorial service for Johnston is planned for 1 p.m. July 8, local station KWTX reported. Details of the location were not yet available from Fort Hood officials.