Funeral for NC Army recruit who died at Fort Jackson set for today
By F.T. NORTON | The Sanford (N.C.) Herald | Published: September 29, 2019
SANFORD, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A Sanford teen who died Sept. 20 during basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., will be laid to rest with full military honors today.
The funeral for Pvt. Andrew Dante’ McLean, 18, is noon today at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
The Army recruit was halfway through his 10-week basic training course when he collapsed during training, according to the Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office. The cause of death has not been released.
McLean, who graduated from Lee County High School in June, was born Jan. 6, 2001, to Jennifer McLean and Joen Rucker. He was raised by his grandmother, Patricia McLean, on Oddfellow Street.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Private Andrew D. Mclean and our hearts and prayers go out to his family,” battalion commander, Lt. Col. Randall Wenner wrote on the Facebook page for McLean’s basic training unit, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment.
“Andrew decided to volunteer and serve something greater than himself and become an American Soldier. Our Nation will be forever grateful for his honorable service. The tremendous loss of Andrew will continue to impact us all,” Wenner said.
According to post spokeswoman Leslie Ann Sully, after graduating from basic training in late October, McLean would have gone on to Advanced Individual Training to learn his job as an information technology specialist.
In August, McLean wrote on his Facebook page that he was looking forward to leaving for basic training. He said he intended to take advantage of the Army’s Green to Gold program, which helps enlisted soldiers obtain college degrees and become commissioned officers.
McLean will be buried at Lee Memory Gardens.