Soldier From Antioch Dies In Afghanistan

Updated 03/10/11 – 6:20 p.m.

ANTIOCH, Ill. (CBS) — A U.S. Army specialist from Antioch has died from non-combat injuries he suffered in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Spc. Andrew P. Wade, 22, was injured in a non-combat related incident in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Monday, according to a news release from the U.S. Army.

Wade, a soldier with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, died two days later at the hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

As CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, Wade’s neighbors said the family told them he was accidentally shot in the shoulder and neck and they had been hopeful he’d survive.

Friends in Antioch were devastated about the loss of such a promising young man. A flag was lowered outside the Wades’ home in Antioch Thursday afternoon as they flew to Delaware to bring him home.

At Antioch Community High School, where he excelled in sports, and graduated in 2007, his former soccer coaches were beside themselves on Thursday.

“We have quite a few people in our soccer program who go on to the armed services and I really think that it may hit home to a lot more of those players,” said soccer coach Teri Klobnak.

Fellow soccer coach Charlie Trout said, “I don’t think he was afraid of any opponent, no matter how big they were, how fast they were. He would take anybody on on the field.”

Trout said he has already had two former students killed while serving their country. He’ll now add Wade to a growing memorial in the hall at Antioch High.

Wade joined the Army in September 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan last Spring, out of Fort Drum in New York.

Wade has received the NATO medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his mother and father.

  • Martha Pignataro

    In the fall of 2002 and spring of 2003, it was this Algonquin family’s joy and privilege to be part of the Chicago Kickers soccer organization when our older son Greg and Andrew played on the same team. It was a mix of 7th and 8th graders. Although the boys were from many different towns, they bonded quickly as a team and really enjoyed each other. It was a delight to watch Andrew. He was a tenacious defender and always had a snile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes.

    We grieve with you and for you.

    The Pignataro family – Greg, Martha, Phil and Taylor

  • Bonne Covey

    Job well done Soldier. Rest in peace.

  • Derrick Clayton

    Rest in peace buddy….to the top!
    It was great to serve with you man….you will be missed.

    Dco 1/87 Daggers!

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