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Memorial Held For Two Fallen Ft. Carson Soldiers

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

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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