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Army to hold memorial for Granite City soldier killed in Afghanistan

Veterans, friends honor soldier at visitation

U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Wilbur's visitation Wednesday in Granite City drew veterans who stood guard to honor him and old friends. Wilbur died in Afghanistan in a non-combat incident that is under investigation.
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U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Wilbur's visitation Wednesday in Granite City drew veterans who stood guard to honor him and old friends. Wilbur died in Afghanistan in a non-combat incident that is under investigation.

A Colorado Army post is holding a memorial for a Granite City soldier who died in a noncombat incident in Afghanistan.

Thirty-six-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Wilbur will be honored Thursday in a service at Fort Carson, Colo., his home post.

A visitation was held in Granite City on Aug. 24.

The Defense Department says Wilbur died Aug. 12 in Kandahar. The cause of death wasn’t released.

He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, part of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.

Wilbur graduated from Granite City High School in 1998 and began serving in the Army in 2005.

His deployment to Afghanistan was his fourth tour. He had one earlier tour in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, two young children, ages 6 and 2, as well as his mother, father and stepmother, and two siblings.

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