May 17, 2010

'Warrior of warriors' honored at funeral

Family, friends and fellow soldiers turn out to memorialize Army Spc. Wade A. Slack.

By Scott Monroe smonroe@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Army Spc. Wade Slack's older brother Jesse wipes a tear as he shares stories about their past Sunday at Slack's funeral at the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church in Waterville. Slack, 21, specialized in disarming explosives and died of wounds suffered May 6 in indirect fire in Jaghatu, Afghanistan.

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Army Spc. Wade Slack, 21, died May 6 of wounds suffered from indirect fire in Jaghatu, Afghanistan.

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Afghan region deaths

As of Friday, at least 983 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Spc. Wade A. Slack, 21, of Waterville, is among those deaths tallied.

The Associated Press count is five more than the Defense Department’s tally, which was last updated Friday at 10 a.m.

At least 765 military personnel have died in the Afghan region as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

– The Associated Press

Jesse Slack recalled a time when he was 16 and driving his 8-year-old brother Wade back from an overnight Cub Scout trip. He said he was driving 50 mph and saw a turn too late. His father's van careened off the road and into the woods. Shaken and sobbing, he said he looked over at his brother, who announced: "That was fun!"

"At 8 years old, in uniform, and already fearless," Jesse Slack said.

In a statement read by Capt. Earl Weigelt, a Maine Army National Guard chaplain, sister Lauren said Slack "was like glue in our family" and a "true go-getter" who "became Army strong in 2007, but he was strong and determined long before that."

Weigelt, reading Bible verses selected by Slack's mother, Mary, said in part: "For God so loved the world he gave his only son."

"Heroes put their lives on the line," Weigelt said in a closing address. "Spc. Wade Alan Slack was such a hero," who died while on a mission to disarm an explosive and save the lives of others, making him also "an instrument of peace."

"So in a very special way," Weigelt said, "Spc. Wade Slack was a warrior of warriors."

 

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A Maine Army National Guard honor guard detail prepares to carry the casket with the remains of Army Spc. Wade Slack out of the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church in Waterville at the conclusion of his funeral Sunday.

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Army Spc. Wade Slack's father, Dr. Alan Slack, holds federal and state honors awarded to his son as he is greeted by family and friends following the funeral Sunday at Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church in Waterville. Wade Slack, 21, specialized in disarming explosives and died of wounds suffered May 6 in indirect fire in Jaghatu, Afghanistan.

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