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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  • by Angie Location: colorado springs on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    TO MY HEROS REST IN PEACE!!!
  • by proud american Location: trinidad on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    a hero is someone who puts on the uniform of their job and does their job,and makes a difference for one or many people, and expects nothing in return. Our service men and women, fit into this and they do it without regards to danger to themselves. Thank you to those who have sacrificed a love one for all of us. Our freedom depends on ALL our heros. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND FRIEND OF THESE GREAT HERO'S.
  • by sdie Location: csc on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    my prayers go out to these families and may the these men Rest in peace. my heart goes out to all the soliders who loss there brother as well.
  • by SCOTT Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on Jan 30, 2008 at 09:34 PM
    IM WITH THESE SOLDIERS IN MUTUAL SPIRIT,I SERVED AS WELL (SECOND INFANTRY DIVISION)MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THESE FALLIN HEROES!!!! WE SHALL NEVER FORGET!!
  • by christina Location: ft carson on Jan 30, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    My thoughts are with the families of these soldiers that never had a chance to live their full lives. I support the soldiers not bush
  • by jason Location: colorado springs on Jan 30, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    three of these heroes are friends of mine i spent most of the summer riding motorcycles and they were good men great friends and heroes one and all god rest there souls
  • by tony Location: texas on Jan 30, 2008 at 05:44 PM
    my thoughts and prayers to the families.american soldiers live forever in our hearts.from a greatfull texan.
  • by Mark Location: ColoSpgs on Jan 30, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    Rest in Peace! Your sacrifices and honorable service to your country are an inspiration to us all; Thank you for defending our freedoms. To the families, loved ones, wifes & children of these soldiers; we share in your loss and offer our deepest condolences during your time of sorrow. Each of your soldiers have the gratitude of a grateful nation and her people! We are sorry for your loss.
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