Memorial for soldier is tomorrow in Pa.

June 25, 2006|By JULIE SCHARPER

Memorial services for Heathe N. Craig, an Army staff sergeant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, will be held tomorrow in Pennsylvania, his grandfather said.

Craig, 28, was trying to rescue Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury from enemy fire when a mechanical failure caused his helicopter to crash, according to the Department of Defense. Bradbury, 22, of St. Joseph, Mo., also died.

Although military records list Craig's address as Severn, he did not reside there, said his grandfather Daniel Sloan of Mechanicsville, Va. The address belonged to an uncle who no longer lives in Maryland.

Craig was born in Olean, N.Y., and moved to Mechanicsville at the age of 10. He won wrestling accolades as a student at Lee-Davis High School before graduating in 1997, Sloan said.

Craig enlisted in the Army in 1999 and was learning to fly helicopters at the time of his death. "He wanted to get out and further his education and be of service," Sloan said. Craig's wife, Judith, and children, Jonas, 5, and Leona, 1, live in Germany, where he was stationed, Sloan said. Memorial services for Craig will be held in Eldred, Pa., where his mother, Donna Sloan, lives.

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