‘Indirect fire’ blamed for Maine soldier’s death

Posted May 10, 2010, at 5:22 a.m.
An Army carry team loads into a transfer vehicle a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Wade A. Slack Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slack, 21, of Waterville, Maine died May 6 in Jaghatu, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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An Army carry team loads into a transfer vehicle a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Wade A. Slack Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slack, 21, of Waterville, Maine died May 6 in Jaghatu, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Department of Defense says the soldier from Waterville who died Thursday in Jaghatu, Afghanistan, was killed by indirect fire from a rocket or mortar fired by insurgents.

The Morning Sentinel of Waterville reported Sunday that 21-year-old Army Spc. Wade Slack worked in combat, performing duties depicted in this year’s Academy Award-winning film for best picture, “The Hurt Locker.” But officials said Slack did not lose his life in an accidental detonation while working to disarm a bomb.

Slack was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Slack’s parents live in Waterville and he graduated from Waterville High School in 2007.

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