Family and friends mourn the loss of Sangamon County soldier


Twenty-eight-year-old, Army Specialist Christopher Sweet of Springfield died February 6, 2009 in Kirkush, Iraq in a non-combat incident.

He was assigned to the 3rd battalion, 66th armor regiment, 172nd separate infantry brigade based in Germany. He was a heavy vehicle operator and comes from a military family.

Sweet will be buried with full military honors at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. A date has not yet been established because the military is still working to return specialist Sweet to Springfield.          

Vancil-Murphy funeral home in Springfield is handling arrangements.

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