He was born March 22, 1989, the son of Dr. Alan Slack and Mary Slack, and was brought up in Waterville, Maine. Educated in Waterville Schools and Graduated from Waterville High School Class of 2007. As a youngster, Wade was very involved in boy Scouts and played Little League in Waterville. He enjoyed doing all things outdoors, he especially loved hunting. An avid video gamer and collector of Movies on DVD. Specialist Slack was, and still is, a great power of example for all humanity. He was a totally unselfish, compassionate, and giving person to everyone he came into contact with, directly and indirectly. Specialist Slack died serving his country and his fellow soldiers. He is a true hero. All gave some and some gave all, Wade A. Slack gave all on May 6, 2010. And for this, he leaves behind a grateful nation.
SPC Wade Alan Slack died from wounds sustained on 6 May 2010. SPC Slack was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20thSupport Command (CBRNE). SPC Slack’s team had just disarmed an improvised explosive device in Wardak Province, Afghanistan and was waiting for transportation at Forward Operating Base Shank, Jaghatu, Afghanistan, to be flown back to base when SPC Slack was struck by fragments from insurgent indirect mortar fire. The attack occurred about 1830 hours local time. SPC Slack was medevaced and died either at the medical facility or en route to it. SPC Slack was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for his activities in Afghanistan.
Specialist Slack is survived by a grieving mother, Mary Slack whom he loved dearly, his father Dr. Alan Slack, stepmother Rose Slack, six brothers and sisters; Jonathan, Meghan, Lauren, Allison, Andrew, and Jesse and wife Mackenzie, a niece Riley who was the apple of Wades eye, step-sister Jessica Cook, step-brother Ethan Roderick. He is also survived by his special friends and “west coast parents” Dan and Mary Morse of Shelton, Washington, and many other relatives and friends. Wade will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially fellow combat soldier Sergeant James Cribbett who was with Wade for his last journey home.
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