Jonathan Villanueva, 19, of Jacksonville and a 2009 graduate of Englewood HS, died April 27 during combat operations in Afghanistan. He served with the 10th Mountain Division.
About 2,000 sailors, plus hundreds of Marines, soldiers and base civilians, were on hand to meet him at Jax NAS.
"Becoming a soldier was a dream of his when he was younger," a family statement said. "Jonathan left this world doing what he loved."