Army Brig. Gen. Donald Fryc presents the American flag to Isaac, 3, son of Army Spc. Kenneth Alvarez, as Alvarez’s parents, Sol and Ernest, watch during the funeral for the soldier Thursday in Santa Maria.
Alvarez, 23, joined the U.S. Army in November 2011 and was assigned to the 40th Mobility Augmentation Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion. He and another soldier were killed by an improvised explosive device on Aug. 23 in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province.