'Gave His Life to His Country': Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Laid to Rest - NBC Chicago

'Gave His Life to His Country': Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Laid to Rest

Army Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance was killed in Afghanistan last month

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    Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Laid to Rest

    A Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest Tuesday, days after his body was brought back to the city. NBC 5’s Christian Farr has the details.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019)

    Family, friends and Chicago notables packed Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side Tuesday to say their final goodbye to Army Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance, a Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan late last month. 

    Nance was buried with full military honors at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood Tuesday afternoon following a procession and funeral service. 

    "Isaiah's sacrifice will never be forgotten," said Brigadier General Mark O'Connell. 

    Among the attendees at the service were Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. 

    Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

    [CHI] Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

    A Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Tuesday, days after his body was brought back to the city. Sandra Torres reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019)

    "He gave his life to his country so his nation could be free," Lightfoot said during the funeral service. 

    Nance's fellow soldiers served as pallbearers and helped carry the beloved soldier to his final resting place. 

    "Rest in peace little cuz," said Nance's cousin Paul Gregoire. "We will carry your memory with us." 

    Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

    [CHI] Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

    A Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Monday just days after his body was brought back to the city. Sandra Torres reports.

     

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    Nance was among two U.S. Paratroopers killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a military camp in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

    The Department of Defense announced Nance's death in late-July saying the "combat related incident" is under investigation.

    "This loss is crushing," O'Connell said. "It's emotional, it's heartwrenching... we are still trying to come to grips with their loss." 

    Body of Fallen Soldier Returns to Chicago

    [CHI] Body of Fallen Soldier Returns to Chicago

    A Chicago hero is back home. Army Specialist Michael Nance was one of two paratroopers killed last week in Afghanistan, and NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski was on hand for an emotional ceremony honoring his sacrifice. 

     

    (Published Friday, Aug. 9, 2019)

    Nance grew up on Chicago's South Side before moving to the suburbs. He was stationed at Fort Bragg and had been deployed to Afghanistan two weeks before his death.

    "He was a real advocate of embracing every day," said Nance's cousin Trevor Harris. "He fought for his country. He did what he loved."

    "He died a a hero," Harris added. "What better legacy is that?" 

    Body of Slain Soldier Returns to Chicago

    [CHI] Body of Slain Soldier Returns to Chicago

    The body of Army Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance returned to Chicago Friday after the 24-year-old was killed in Afghanistan last month.

     

    (Published Friday, Aug. 9, 2019)

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