Skip to comments.N.J. soldier who lost legs in Afghanistan dies months before wedding
Posted on 03/19/2013 4:56:05 PM PDT by SMGFan
Derek McConnell, a 23-year-old Army sergeant who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was found dead in his bed Monday morning.
The cause of death hasn't been been determined, his mother, Siobhan McConnell, told NJ.com in a text message.
McConnell enlisted in the military in 2009. He was deployed in 2011, and in July of that year, he lost both his legs, fractured his skull and right arm, and suffered severe blast wounds after getting hit by two improvised explosive devices while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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How awful. God Bless Derek’s family, they will need all the support they can get. RIP Derek and thank you for your service. Most of us cannot imagine what he went through.
...found a vid posted on YT for his family. Prayers and condolences to his devoted family and friends. RIP Derek
Godspeed, young man.
I wonder what did him in, could have bled out due to a piece of missed shrapnel, or could have been an infection from somewhere inside that made it into his blood stream, or other damage relating to his injuries...
Rest In Peace brave honorable soldier.
RIP and thank you, Derek.
Sadness. RIP and prayers for you and your fiancée.