Fort Carson remembers two of its fallen heroes on the Mountain Post Thursday morning.
SPC Christopher Fox and SGT Michael Clark were both part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Iraq when they were killed in action within a week of each other.
Twenty-one-year-old Fox is from Memphis, TN and was killed September 29 from sniper fire while on patrol in Iraq. Fox was on his second tour and was due to be discharged in July. His brother says when he died he was doing what he loved, and if his life had to be taken, he would have wanted it to be in combat. Fox is the recipient of two purple hearts, the first, he recieved after an IED attack.
Fox's good friend Nicholas Henderson spoke about what a great friends Specialist Fox was. He also shared memories about what a bright personality Fox had along with a terrific singing voice. Henderson told us that Fox used to sing over the radio's to lighten the other soldiers' sprits.
Fox's family says he was a big University of Tennessee fan and hoped to enroll at the university's Knoxville campus next fall. He had dreams of playing football at school and maybe becoming a police officer one day.
Those dreams will not come to fruition, but his dreams of fighting for his country did.
The other soldier to be honored Thursday is 24-year-old Michael Clark. Clark was also on his second tour when he was killed by small arms fire, just eight days after Fox.
Clark had proved to be a model soldier; he had been awarded two Army commendation medals as well as other decorations.
Family describe Clark as being a dare devil. They say he loved dirt bikes, motorcycles, snow boarding, mountain biking and fast cars. His mother remembers he just loves to "go fast." Friends also spoke about his love for hot sauce and how he used to make bets about how much he could eat, or what he could eat it with.
Three days before his death Clark celebrated his 5th wedding anniversary with his wife Nalini. Clark also leaves behind a 4-year-old son, Lucas.
Fox and Clark were honored in a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Mountain Post Thursday.
In this war, Fort Carson has had to memorialize near 250 soldiers.