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Three Fallen Heroes Honored at Fort Carson

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

Three Fort Carson soldiers killed in Iraq were honored at the Mountain Post on Tuesday.

Staff Sergeant Christopher Smith, Specialist Stephen Okray and Specialist Stephen Zapasnik were killed when their humvee drove on to a collapsed road and plunged into a canal in southern Iraq on Christmas Eve.

A fellow soldier remembered Staff Sergeant Smith as a friend who could always brighten your day.

"I looked forward to coming into work everyday because I knew no matter what, he was going to be loud and obnoxious all morning long and make me feel better," said SGT. Andrew Ham.

Staff Sergeant Smith was also a proud parent, who liked to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines and also cook in his free time.

These are the first soldiers killed in action from the Second Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division. They deployed in September.


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