SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - 34-year-old Army Sgt. Robert Boniface died Sunday, March 19 in a remote part of Afghanistan in what the Army says was a non-combat related death that remains under investigation.
Sgt. Boniface was assigned to the First Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Boniface listed San Luis Obispo as his hometown even though he was born and raised in El Centro, California in southern Imperial County.
"He must have some connection to the Central Coast with Camp Roberts and Camp San Luis Obispo", says Frank Campo with the Central Coast chapter of the American Legion, "perhaps he came out out to train and he fell in love with the area, the climate, or he just got a map out and put his finger down and said hey, I'm going here."
Campo says even though Sgt. Boniface was born and raised in another location, listing San Luis Obispo as his hometown before he deployed to Afghanistan means he will receive the same reception as other local service members who've made the ultimate sacrifice.
"We will be there to show our support, we'll have our flags there", Campo says, "I belong to the American Legion Riders as well as the Patriot Guard Riders so should the family request an escort of the body if he does decide to come back to the Central Coast we would honor his wishes and escort his body to his final resting spot."
Sgt. Boniface's remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday night.
Its unclear if he will be laid to rest in his adopted hometown of San Luis Obispo or his birthplace of El Centro, California.