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Soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home to Chicago

Chicago Fire Department personnel salute U.S. Army Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, a soldier from the South Side who was killed in Afghanistan, as his procession travels down Central Avenue near Chicago Midway International Airport, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Chicago.

MEGAN NAGORZANSKI, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 9, 2019

CHICAGO — The body of a 24-year-old U.S. soldier slain last month in Afghanistan has been returned to his hometown of Chicago.

Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance's remains were flown Friday to Midway Airport before being taken to a South Side funeral home.

Nance and 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Kreischer of Stryker, Ohio, died July 29 of wounds sustained in a combat-related incident in Tarin Kowt, in southern Afghanistan.

U.S. officials have said two paratroopers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a military camp in the Uruzgan Province. The attacker was wounded and taken into custody.

Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and were supporting the NATO-led Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

"These young men were true all Americans and embodied the qualities of selfless service and courage as they answered our nation's call to deploy to Afghanistan," Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement.

Nance joined the Army in 2017. His awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

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Army Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, who was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan Monday, was remembered by family as a fun-loving, caring son whose dream was to join the Army.
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