Sgt. Albert Dono Ware
Born: November 26, 1982 in Monrovia, Liberia
Died: December 18, 2009 in Afghanistan
Sgt. Albert D. Ware, Chicago, Illinois. Albert was born in Liberia, a country at war with itself. His father came to America in 1984 and spent several years fighting red tape to get his son brought to America. At the age of 12, Albert arrived in Chicago, a gaunt young man. Albert took a liking to soccer and through this became close to his father. As a soccer player Albert was the goalie because he was not only willing to be hit with the ball, but because he was reliable. Albert embraced his new country and his father made sure he stayed focused, away from the gangs and trouble kids his age were becoming involved in. Albert kept part of his love for his native land- he was a great cook of his native dishes. He graduated with honors from Corliss High School in 2002 and while there was an outstanding soccer, football and wrestler. He continued his education at Chicago State University and Kennedy-King College. In 2003 he decided to serve his adopted country, in part from his view of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. He served for just over two years in the National Guard then went into the regular Army in July of 2006. After completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he transferred to Fort Bragg in November of 2006. From January 2007 until April 2008, he served in Afghanistan. Albert was a motor transport operator and was well known for working extra hours to make sure his fellow soldiers had everything they needed for their missions. He made sure his duties were first to them. Currently assigned to the 782nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, and left for his second deployment in Afghanistan in August of 2009. He died in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. His wife; three children, a sister and his parents survive Albert. When I watched the coverage of Albert’s funeral, I smiled as I saw the faces of the people who knew Albert. Such joy in their expressions as they spoke of him. One of his friends said it best, “Albert was a hero; he had other things he could have done with his life, but instead he decided to protect and serve his adopted country.” Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois – Sec 3 Site 183
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