Troops Honor South Side Soldier, Killed After Only Three Weeks Abroad

Nancy Harty
August 09, 2019 - 5:04 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Relatives of Michael Isaiah Nance are getting ready to bury him after the Army paratrooper from the south side was killed in Afghanistan last week. 

Nance's body was brought to a South Side funeral home from Midway Airport, where he came from Afghanistan to be laid to rest. The 24-year-old was killed after being in the country less than three weeks. 

Soldiers, law enforcement, community members and family attended the hearse procession, which was followed by members of the Unforgotten Souls, an Indiana motocycle club.

"Whenever there is a fallen hero, it's people like us that who show up from all around the region to honor these guys," said a Ed Conn, president of the Unforgotton Souls."You can never forget their name."

Conn said it is important to honor those who put their lives on the line for Americans, whether that is police, firefighters, EMTs or soldiers. He called Nance a hero and said the group's motto is simple — it's their honor to accompany fallen heroes on their final ride

"When these kids volunteer to protect us, they volunteer for it, just like our first responders," he said. "You never know what tomorrow is going to bring and this poor kid was only out there three weeks."

Nance's flag-draped coffin was carried inside the funeral home in East Chatham by fellow soldiers as police saluted and the motorcycle riders carried American flags.

Visitation for Nanc will be Monday at Leak & Sons Funeral Homes in Country Club Hills and his wake will be Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Princeton Park.