U.S. Army reservists with the 300th Personnel Company returned to Forest Park from Afghanistan on Thursday, and were honored at a dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone, at center. (Credit: Facebook)

Forest Park Reservists Back Home From Afghanistan

The Forest Park-based unit’s primary job was to deliver mail and packages, sell stamps and process money orders for those fighting. They were honored Thursday night at a pasta-and-sausage dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.


Brandon Meyers (Supplied to CBS)

Honoring Son Lost To PTSD Suicide, Marine’s Mom Finds Her Purpose

CHICAGO (CBS) — One shot in the head. After two tours in Iraq, it took only one bullet to end a proud Marine’s life and to break a mother’s heart. Brandon Meyers of Plainfield, IL […]


U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen (Family Photo)

Mokena Soldier Laid To Rest

Friends and family of a fallen soldier from Mokena were preparing to say their final goodbyes on Tuesday, when 19-year-old Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen will be laid to rest after he was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.


U.S. Army Private Aaron Toppen.

Body Of Mokena Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Returns To Home

It’s a sad homecoming for an Illinois soldier who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The body of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen arrived in his hometown of Mokena.


Mike Singletary presenting a signed football to the mother of Aaron Toppen, who died in Afghanistan. (Credit: Rev. Tim Harlow)

Funeral Services Set For Mokena Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park. The funeral at the church will be Tuesday at 10 a.m.


Soldier From Mokena Among Five Killed By Apparent Friendly Fire

A 19-year-old soldier from Mokena was among five American troops killed in an apparent coalition airstrike and friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, his sister told the Chicago Sun-Times.


In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was exchanged for five Taliban commanders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to published reports. Bergdahl is in stable condition at a Berlin hospital, according to the reports.  (Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Fallen Soldier’s Parents Want Bergdahl Tried For Desertion

The mother and stepfather of a Bartlett High School graduate killed in Afghanistan say their son died while searching for Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, and they want to see Bergdahl prosecuted for desertion.


An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul on April 24, 2014. (Credit:  SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Two More Victims Killed In Kabul Hospital Attack Had Chicago Ties

On Saturday, Kabul University vice chancellor Mohammad Hadi Hadayati said the other victims were health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his visiting father, Gary, from the Chicago area.


Dr. Jerry Umanos.

Chicago Doctor Among Three Americans Shot Dead In Afghanistan

A pediatrician from Chicago was among three people shot and killed by a security guard at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Army Sgt. Okan Cetinbag (Defense Department)

Army Probes Death Of Alaska-Based Soldier From Chicago Area

Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag of Morton Grove, Ill., died at an Anchorage hospital Tuesday evening after being removed from life support.


Chicago Woman Among 21 Killed In Afghanistan Terrorist Attack

A Chicago woman is one of 21 killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Friday.


Debbie Passerallo, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Lee Williams. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier From Elkhart, Ind. Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

An Elkhart Indiana soldier has been identified as one of six GI’s killed in a single incident in Afghanistan Tuesday. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Army Reserve Unit Ships Out For Afghanistan Deployment

They were able to spend Thanksgiving with family, but now it’s time to deploy for members of a suburban Army Reserve unit.


U.S. Marine Capt. Nathan McHone died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Jan. 19, 2012. (Credit: U.S. Marine Corps)

Crystal Lake Marine Buried At Arlington Cemetery

The remains of a Marine from Crystal Lake now lie at Arlington National Cemetery – buried two-and-a-half weeks ago, along with five other members of his unit who died in Afghanistan in 2012.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Slain Diplomat From River Forest Honored At Funeral

Hundreds of mourners were packing into a church in west suburban River Forest on Wednesday, to pay their final respects to a young woman killed while working as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2013

Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Kerry Visits Family Of Slain River Forest Diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Chicago today to visit the parents of the young U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan. Anne Smedinghoff was killed while delivering textbooks in southern Afghanistan earlier this month.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Slain Diplomat From River Forest Remembered As ‘Serenely Beautiful’

Loved ones honored a young diplomat from River Forest on Tuesday at her former high school, three days after she was killed in a Taliban bombing in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2013


Body Of Slain Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff Returns To U.S.

The body of Anne Smedinghoff, the U.S. diplomat form River Forest killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, has been returned to the U.S.


Anne Smedinghoff. (Credit: Facebook)

Diplomat From Chicago Area Killed In Afghanistan

A Fenwick High School graduate was among the six Americans killed in an explosion in Afghanistan Saturday.


Lt. Jeffery Gray and daughter, Payton. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM Newsradio)

Fourth-Grader Gets Surprise Of Her Life From Dad

It was business as usual inside Mrs. Clancy’s fourth grade math class at Newberry Math & Science Academy until Lt. Jeffery Gray walked into the room.