Memorial Held For Two Fallen Ft. Carson Soldiers

Cpt. Joshua Lawrence and Cpt. Drew Russell were honored during a memorial service Wednesday on Fort Carson. They were killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Capt. Drew Russell (Left) and Capt. Joshua Lawrence (Right)

Two fallen Fort Carson soldiers were honored Wednesday in a memorial Service. Cpt. Joshua Lawrence and Cpt. Drew Russell were killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Soldiers' Memorial Chapel on post. It will include the traditional roll call, a rifle squad salute and the final tribute to fallen Soldiers with the playing of Taps.

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Two Fort Carson soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Saturday, according to a release from the Department of Defense.

Capt. Joshua S. Lawrence, 29, of Nashville, Tenn. and Capt. Drew E. Russell, 25, of Scotts, Mich. were killed when their unit was attacked by enemy forces, who were using a rocket propelled grenade.

Both men were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson. They were stationed in the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan at the time of their death.

In his six and half year Army career, Lawrence was awarded a number of medals: Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Joint Service Achievement, National Defense Service, Global War on Terrorism Service and Korea Defense Service.

Russell, a soldier for three and a half years, also received numerous medals during his service: Bronze Star, Army Achievement, National Defense Service, Global War on Terrorism Service.

Russell's family and friends said he planned a military career.

“He was just an awesome young man,” his next door neighbor Paul Stevenson said.

Stevenson, who has also served, said he gave the young soldier some tips about the army when he moved in to his home.

"He fought for his country,” Stevenson said. “He died for his country...I don't want anybody to forget that. And not just for Drew, but for all the soldiers that have lost their lives, and for all the loved ones who have lost their loved ones in this 10 year war.”

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  • by RalphR Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Rest In Peace brothers. You will not be forgotten.
  • by Anonymous Location: Castle Rock on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Dan, I get your point but you did it in a very disrespectful way. These men will receive the most honorable burial possible and it wasn't sensless. Everyone knows what a soldier stands for.
  • by Christina Location: Ft carson on Nov 1, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    Yes, please no comments like that, that was very disrespectful. I personally didn't vote for Obama and really really can't stand him, but as I Christian I know we should pray for our leaders in hope they make the right decisions. These men sacrificed their lives for u Dan, I'd watch what u say.
  • by Evan on Oct 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM
    DAN..People like you make me sick.. i knew one of these soldiers personally. and its funny how naive you are this isnt even obamas war. check your facts before you exercise your FREEDOM of speech
  • by @Dan on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Don't worry, we will come up with some new wars. How many US-unoccupied countries are left?
  • by Dan Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    Two more sensless deaths in a forgotten war. Thanks Obama
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      by Jack on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to Dan
      Dan you are a neo-zandweebie. Get off the interenet troll!!
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      by 4th ID Lt. on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to Dan
      Dan tell that to the families of those soldiers there in pieces. That was very disrespectful and i knew both these soldiers personelly.
  • by Angel on Oct 11, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Bless our soldiers who are the front line so that we can be free. They protect the innocent and fight for justice. You are always prayed for by our family and we thank you and your families for every sacrifice (from the smallest to the ultimate).
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      by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to Angel
      I believe you are thinking of Superman. You forgot "the American way."
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        by RalphR on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to
        After that comment I wouldn't give my real name either.
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          by 4th ID Lt. on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to RalphR
          Actually Mr. Anonymous where do you live? id like to meet you.
  • by Zach Location: Afghanistan on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    RIP HEROS!!! you are gone but not forgotten..all of us still out here in Afghanistan are praying for your families and miss you dearly! YOU WILL BE MISSED CPT LAWRENCE!!!
  • by Ken Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 11, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    My prayers go out to both families. I had the honor to work with CPT Russel, he was a great Soldier and Friend.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    RIP Brave Heroes. Never Forgotten
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