CLINTONâ€”He hadÂ volunteered to replace another soldier on his last tour, and he paid with his life.
ChristopherÂ MichaelÂ Ward, 24, died in southern Afghanistan on April 6, the victim ofÂ a suicide car bombing. The explosionÂ also killed two other soldiers, a U.S. diplomat, and a Department of Defense civilian. They had been delivering donated books to childrenÂ in Zabul province.
On Monday, Ward was honored when his name was added to theÂ Veterans Memorial at the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton during a Memorial Day ceremony.
“It’s very heartwarming,” said his mother Joyce Ward of Oak Ridge, who is moving to Hinesville, Ga., on Tuesday.Â “His death was not in vain.” [Read more…]