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.


Matthew Segur (Credit: Chicago Police)

Soldier Reported Missing Found Safe In Texas

Matthew Segur, 39, flew into O’Hare International Airport on a British Airways flight on Monday, when his connecting flight to Dallas was canceled due to the severe winter weather.


National Guard Staff Sgt. Chris Maderer hugs his daughter, Beatrice, after surprising his daughters with his homecoming from duty on April 11, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier Returns Home To Chicago To Surprise 4 Daughters

A national guardsman from the Northwest Side returned home Thursday to a warm welcome from neighbors, and surprised smiles from his kids, after serving his country around the world, including two Middle East wars.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2013

U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Fuentes poses for a picture with his wife and six children, after surprising his kids at a school concert by coming home early from a tour of duty in Kuwait on April 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier Surprises Six Kids With Homecoming During School Concert

U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Fuentes’ six children had no idea he was coming home.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

Naperville residents wave American flags as a car carrying Army Sgt. Joe Riehle brings him home on New Year's Day 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Naperville Soldier Back Home For New Year’s

Army Sgt. Joe Riehle was never expecting the welcome home he got on New Year’s Day, full of thank yous, hugs and handshakes.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2013

U.S. Army Spc. Brad Liberio returned home to Crestwood, Ill., on July 3, 2012, after spending a year serving overseas. (Credit: CBS)

Crestwood Soldier Celebrates Homecoming In Time For 4th Of July

While Americans are celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, one Crestwood family will have even more to celebrate – the safe homecoming of a soldier who had been serving in Afghanistan.

CBS 2–07/03/2012

Samuel T. Watts, 20, has died from injuries received in Afghanistan. (Dept. of Defense)

Wheaton Soldier Dies 1 Month After Being Injured In Afghanistan

Army Spc. Samuel T. Watts, 20, dwas wounded April 25 in Zharay, Afghanistan, from an improvised explosive device.


Christopher Patterson

West Aurora High School Pays Respects To Fallen Soldier

West Aurora High School paid tribute Friday to a former student who died fighting in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–01/20/2012

Army Sgt. Eric Rundquist returned to his Streamwood home on Dec. 26, 2011, after completing his third tour of duty in Iraq. (Credit: CBS)

Family’s Ultimate Christmas Gift: Son’s Safe Return From Iraq

A community’s love was felt on Monday as a hometown soldier returned home from war. With the war in Iraq now a completed mission, thousands of soldiers are returning home and the relief of having their son back with them is the best of Christmas presents for the Rundquist family in Streamwood.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

John La Giglia is reunited Friday with his 6-year-old daughter, Grace. (CBS)

Soldier Reunited With His Family

The 6-year-old daughter of a Chicago soldier deployed in Afghanistan had been asking Santa to bring her daddy home for the holiday. As CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports, her wish became reality.


Joseph Jesk (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Former Soldier Gets 17 Years For Killing Wife

A U.S. Army veteran who had recently returned from the war in Iraq when he killed his wife in their southwest suburban home has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, Sun-Times Media is reporting.


Soldier Funeral

Soldier Killed In Vietnam To Receive Proper Burial, Nearly 40 Years Later

A soldier from Blue Island who was 17 when he died in Vietnam will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery this week.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Soldier From Northern Illinois Dies In Saudi Arabia

Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor died Tuesday. His death was not related to combat operations, officials said.


Jim Butz, a 21-year-old Army medic, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 28, 2011, while he was rushing to the aid of two wounded Marines. (Family Photo)

Soldier From Chesterton Killed In Afghanistan

A soldier from northwestern Indiana died in Afghanistan last week while trying to save others.

CBS 2–10/02/2011

Pfc. Michael Olivieri died this week in Iraq. He was from Chicago's southwest suburbs. (U.S. Army)

Services To Be Held For Local Soldier Killed In Iraq

Services will be held later this week for a southwest suburban soldier who was killed in Iraq last week.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2011

Theresa Gorski and her son, Army Pfc. Randy Gorski, celebrate Mother's Day in Midlothian after Randy returned from serving in Iraq. (Credit: CBS)

The Best Mother’s Day Gift? Her Son Home Safe From Iraq

It’s been said that the death of Osama bin Laden came from the collective sacrifice of tens of thousands of Americans serving in the military and their families. The story of those sacrifices has been especially emotional on Mother’s Day.

CBS 2–05/08/2011

A cheap car ad on Craigslist may be too good to be true. (CBS)

Beware The Online Story Of A Hard-Up Soldier, Selling Goods Cheap

One potential car buyer nearly got hooked in twice by cars priced at rock bottom — supposedly by military personnel about to be deployed.


Pfc. Andrew Meari

Fallen Soldier From Plainfield Returns Home

The body of a fallen U.S. soldier from Plainfield, killed by a bomb in Afghanistan, has returned home.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2010