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First U.S. casualty in anti-terror campaign buried



ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- Air Force Master Sgt. Evander Andrews, the first American serviceman to die in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism, was buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.

Andrews, 36, was killed October 10 in a forklift accident on a military base in Qatar.

"Today is a day of grieving, but it is also a day to begin healing," Col. Henry Shelton said in a military funeral service at Old Post Chapel in nearby Fort Myers.

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Shelton described Andrews as a sincere and behind-the-scenes kind of sergeant. "He never told anybody he had to do something," Shelton said. "He was the first to show you."

Andrews was unloading a forklift from a truck when the tailgate broke loose and the forklift fell on him, according to retired chaplain Maj. Thomas Westall, who was Andrews' pastor for more than eight years.

Andrews was with the 366th Civil Engineer squadron at the Aludeid Air Base in Qatar. He was based at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

The Solon, Maine, native grew up on a farm. He signed up for the Air Force soon after high school graduation and served 18 years. Andrews was trying to build an airstrip when he died.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and four children.

The Pentagon has confirmed two other U.S. casualties associated with the U.S.-led campaign.

Army Rangers Spc. Jonn Edmunds, 20, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Pfc. Kristofor Stonesifer, 28, of Missoula, Montana, were killed Friday when their search-and-rescue Blackhawk helicopter crashed in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.

An Army spokesman said their bodies arrived Sunday at the European Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

-- CNN's Cleve Mesidor contributed to this report



 
 
 
 



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