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Fallen Rangers honored at Hunter Army Airfield

Published: Nov. 4, 2011 at 8:27 PM EDT|Updated: Dec. 11, 2011 at 4:10 AM EST
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was an emotional day at Hunter Army Airfield, as they remembered two Rangers killed in action.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Katzenberger and Sgt. Alessandro Plutino were both killed in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Their names are now added to the 42 Rangers killed since the 1st Ranger Battalion was reactivated in 1974.

As their names were called during roll call, the men who are known for not showing any emotion were clearly moved by the memory of their fallen brothers.

Col. Michael Foster said they remember them not only today but everyday.

"They were talented and dedicated. Full of personality. One was a father and husband and the other was a finace. Both were sons, brothers, and brothers in arms," said Foster.

Two men who loved being Rangers, just like the brothers they stood next too.

"They were the best human beings I've ever met," said Sgt. Jason Clark.

"May God bless each of our soldiers, may God bless the Ranger Battalion and God Bless our great Nation, Rangers lead the way," said Foster.

Staff Sgt. Katenberger was just 26 years old and survived by his wife Colleen and son Everett James. Sgt. Plutino was 28 years old and survived by his parents Dianne Hammond and Sandro Plutino.

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