Body of Winthrop Harbor GI back home
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org November 3, 2011 8:56PM
An Army carry team carries the transfer case of Army Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson of Winthrop Harbor upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday. | Jose Luis Magana~ap
Updated: January 3, 2012 1:44AM
WINTHROP HARBOR — It took some time, but Army Sgt. 1st Class David Robinson is back in the United States.
Robinson’s body was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Thursday and was met by his wife, Emily, and other family members.
Funeral services have not been finalized, but the family hopes to have services next week.
“My husband is on his way home,” Emily told The News-Sun by e-mail when she got the details of his flight. The family hopes to have him back in Lake County by Sunday.
Robinson, 28, joined the United States Army not long after 9/11 as many other young men joined the military.
“He was doing his duty, doing his turn,” said his father, Dennis, of Winthrop Harbor.
The sergeant and his wife met when they were working together at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. They have two children, Matthew, 7, and Jackson, 4.
Robinson died Oct. 25 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in a noncombat situation and his death is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.
He was with the Security Assistance Organization in Saudi Arabia and was assigned to the U.S. Military Training Mission in the Saudi capitol.
There were some glitches in flying his body back from the Mideast, but everything finally came together this week.