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San Jose bomb squad soldier killed disarming device in Afghanistan, leaves son and pregnant wife

Lisa Fernandez at Mercury News

Army Staff Sgt. Mark C. Wells used to play the bagpipes at the funerals of fellow comrades.

Now, someone will have to play at his.

Wells died Saturday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, as the San Jose native was trying to disarm an improvised explosive device and stepped on a hidden bomb, according to his family.

“He was a fearless member of the bomb squad,” his father, Burl Wells, said en route to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware with his wife, Sharon, to pick up the body of their 31-year-old son. “It was the most important thing to him. He always said, ‘Dad, if anything ever happens to me, remember that I love doing this.’ ”

Wells leaves behind his wife, Danielle, who is eight months pregnant, and their 2-year-old son, Finnegan.

He left for Afghanistan in August, his family said, after serving a 14-month tour in Iraq. He had been assigned to the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices, Safety and Security Issues | , , ,

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