The first Third Infantry Division soldier has been reported killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Twenty-year-old Gregory Sanders was from Hobart, Indiana. Army officials say he was killed in an apparent sniper attack Monday. Sanders was a specialist E-4, an ammunition loader with a tank platoon. He joined the Army immediately after graduating from high school.
Word of Sanders' death reached Fort Stewart quickly, hitting the Third ID soldiers still stationed there hard. They all say they know freedom comes at a price, but it doesn't make it any easier when the price is paid with a life.
"We're all comrades," MSG Howard Patrick said. "One soldier with a name I don't know affects me the same as a soldier I do know. It's always hard when you lose someone."
The soldiers say every time a comrade dies, it gives them more resolve to get the job done.