5 Fort Carson Soldiers Killed In Iraq

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Fort Carson was hit hard as they lost five of their own. Five soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team were on a convoy in Mosul, Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded.

The unit hasn't been in iraq very long, in fact, deploying in December. They are the first casualties from their unit to die during this the unit's 3rd deployment.

37-year-old Staff Sergeant Gary Jeffries, 26-year-old Sergeant James Craig, 21-year-old Specialist Evan Marshall, 21-year-old Private First Class Joshua Young and 20-year-old Private First Class Brandon Meyer laid down their lives.

For Marshall, Jeffries and Craig, they were seasoned veterans overseas.

"One soldier lost is enough, but when it’s more, it only compounds the loss," Major General Mark Graham, the commanding general of Fort Carson told 11 News.

"They were in a humvee on a combat mission when they were hit by an explosive improvised device."

These soldiers were part of the same unit as Doris Harms' husband who just learned about the soldiers’ deaths. "The first thing you think of when you hear about it is, “Was it my husband, do I know the person, do I know his wife?"

She worries about her husband in Iraq, day in and day out, but all she can do is pray. "He's always my main concern, especially now." Harms gets tearful telling 11 News that. She prays for her husband, waiting for him to come home. She’s also praying for the wives of the fallen comrads, who won't be coming home, but died as heroes.

These soldiers’ deaths mark 232 lost from Fort Carson since the war began.


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