UPDATE: Columbia soldier dies after suffering war wounds

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 4:38 p.m. CDT; updated 4:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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COLUMBIA — A Columbia soldier died after suffering wounds in an attack earlier this month in Arif Kala, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that Sgt. 1st Class Charles M. Sadell, 34, of Columbia, died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Sadell was wounded Oct. 5 when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, according to the Defense Department. He was an intelligence analyst with the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Sadell is survived by his wife, two children and mother.

He was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring, according to a news release from Fort Drum. His previous deployments included a four-month tour in Saudi Arabia in 1997, a six-month tour in Kosovo in 2001 and a 12-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sadell first joined the Army in 1995. He was previously stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Dexheim, Germany; and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Sadell received a number of awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award and the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, as well as other medals for service in Iraq, professional development and combat action, according to the release.

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Jason Plautz October 26, 2010 | 5:19 p.m.

Rest in Peace, brother. Your sacrifice is not in vain.


SPC Jason M. Plautz
(born and raised in Columbia, MO.)

Bravo 3/321 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Currently serving in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

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Gregg Bush October 26, 2010 | 5:29 p.m.

Amen, Specialist.
Well said.

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Jessika Sadell October 27, 2010 | 3:13 p.m.

He was a man devoted to his country, family, and community. He is the example of a good man that does good things for those around him and leaves a profound impression on those he meets. Rest in Peace CJ, we will all miss you.

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