San Jose Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A soldier from the South Bay was killed over the weekend in Afghanistan when he stepped on a hidden bomb.

The Defense Department said Staff Sgt. Mark C. Wells of San Jose died Saturday in Helmand province. The 31-year-old was assigned to the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Wells joined the Army shortly after graduating from Leigh High School. He started his tour in Afghanistan in August, after serving 14 months in Iraq.

Burl Wells said his son was fearless and always reminded the family that he loved being a member of the bomb squad. He also used to play the bag pipes at the funerals of other soldiers.

Mark Wells is survived by his pregnant wife, Danielle, and their 2-year-old son, Finnegan.

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  1. JCA says:

    Thank You for serving our Country–God Bless you from San Jose

  2. William Patrick Mosely says:

    From one grunt to another, I was hoping you’d play the pipes at my own funeral. God speed, my dear Brother, Airborne All the Way. SwampFox

  3. GIJenn says:

    May God continue to Bless your family during this time. May you always look down at your family and see the greatness you have brought into this world. May you find peace and God Bless you my Brother in Arms!

  4. CarlCharlieboy says:

    how did this man die?

    1. tn says:

      Read more than the title.

  5. CarlCharlieboy says:

    WE train to watch for hidden bombs. Where are the dogs. This is very sad. I am deeply sorry mom.

  6. SGTBAKER says:

    He gave his all, we will miss his humor and laughter. Thanks for your guidance SGT-You Lead The Way! Baker, TF Lighting

  7. Cheryl Wangerin says:

    So sad,grateful for your service.May god bless you

  8. db says:

    God bless you and the family you left behind. SAD.

  9. Art says:

    Dani and family i am sorry for your loss !!! My prayers are with you …

  10. mscott says:

    For me the saddest part are the kids he left behind. Sorry for his loss and theirs.

  11. WINSTON FRANKLIN CHEW says:

    THIS MAN – BRAVE – FEARLESS – WHO WOULD DO WHAT MOST OF US WOULD NOT DO – HE ENJOYED LIFE – A COMMITED AND CONCERNED LIFE STYLE – MUSIC – SERVICE – MARRIAGE – FAMILY – HE SERVED US ALL AND GAVE ALL HE HAD – WE WILL NOT FORGET HIS SACRIFICE AND MUST HONOR HIS MEMORY BY TAKING CARE OF HIS FAMILY . WINSTON : ) <

  12. ptown says:

    god bless you. thank you for keeping our children safe

  13. Matt says:

    He was an EOD tech aka Bomb Disposal, not a “paid killer.” Think before you comment and have some respect for his family. Remember you have no idea what you are talking about too.

  14. Ray says:

    You are a truly evil, heartless person to make this comment. It’s not just your insensitivity, but your misplaced bravado in calling attention to some aspect of war you incorrectly assume we’ve all forgotten about in our commiseration. Believe this: the world needs less people like you, and more like Sergeant Baker, who worked as a bomb disposal expert, not a “paid killer”. Consider your life, your misguided perspective, and the things you say, and make some positive changes.

  15. RM says:

    Where do we fine such brave men to do these tasks that none of us would ever think about doing ourself. I thank Mark for protecting my children and standing on that wall of freedom. May god bless him and all the people that he has touch in his life.

  16. Pieses9 says:

    God bless him and his family-san jose cal

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