Never Forgotten, 3-6 FA

A special request from SFC (ret) Dvorak. He’s the source of all your kewlio desktop images lately. How could I turn him down? It is a worthy request. Read on … MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD Media Release HQ-MND Baghdad Camp Liberty Baghdad, Iraq APO AE 09344 Commercial: (914) 822-8174 IRAQNA 011-964-790-192-4675 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20060526-02 May 26, 2006 10th Mtn. Div. Soldiers gather to honor fallen comrades Spc. Jason Jordan 1st BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div. CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — “I will not want to die for you, but if dying is asked of me – I will bear that cross with honor, because freedom does not come free.” Those words from a popular country music song never had a clearer meaning for Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, as they honored two of their fallen comrades at the Warrior Chapel on May 18. Pfc. Stephen Snowberger III, and Pfc. Eric Clark were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb while conducting a medical supply mission May 11 for the citizens of Baghdad. “The word sacrifice has a deeper meaning for all of us tonight,” said Capt. Edward Keel, commander, Battery A, 3-6 FA. “We are here to honor and celebrate the lives of two Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while providing the people of Iraq freedoms and opportunities they had never had.” Snowberger, 18, had enjoyed nearly two successful years as an artilleryman. He is survived by his mother Deborha and stepfather Paul Brown of Lexington, N.C., and his father Stephen Snowberger II. Clark, 22, had also served as an artilleryman for more than three years before his death. Clark served with the 2nd Battalion, 17th FA in Korea, before being stationed with the 10th Mtn. Div. at Fort Drum, N.Y. He is survived by his mother Joanne and stepfather Robert Marfechuk of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and his father Kevin Clark who resides in Pardeeville, Wis. Those gathered for the memorial service remembered Snowberger and Clark for their outgoing and positive attitudes and vowed to remember them always. “He was the closest friend and closest thing to a little brother I ever had,” said Pvt. Jeffrey Bowling, a fellow artilleryman and close friend of Snowberger’s. “He was a giver and always made sure you had whatever you needed. He was never angry and always had a smile on his face.” “Clark’s family and mine spent Thanksgiving together in 2004, and he put a smile on everyone’s face that day – like he always did with anyone,” said Spc. Jesse Johnson, a fellow artilleryman and close friend of Clark’s. “I will never forget you, Clark. None of us will.” Lt. Col. Thomas Kelly, commander, 3-6 FA, spoke to the troops about success and the legacy of the two fallen Soldiers, vowing to never forget either of them. “Snowberger and Clark both possessed what it takes to be good men and great Soldiers,” said Kelly. “I know that they would want us to celebrate their lives; honorable lives that sacrificed for their country. “These two Soldiers selflessly lived, served and ultimately died, working for things greater than themselves. They have written their legacy in our hearts and in the battalion history. They will never be forgotten.” Soldiers bid tearful farewell. CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, bid their final farewells and honor two of their fallen comrades May 18 at the Warrior Chapel. Pfc. Stephen Snowberger III, and Pfc. Eric Clark were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb May 11 while conducting a medical supply mission for the citizens of Baghdad. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan, 1st BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div.) Soldiers bid farewell. CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, bid their final farewells and honor two of their fallen comrades May 18 at the Warrior Chapel. Pfc. Stephen Snowberger III, and Pfc. Eric Clark were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb May 11 while conducting a medical supply mission for the citizens of Baghdad. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan, 1st BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div.) Memorials displayed. CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — The memorial displays honor the lives of Pfc. Stephen Snowberger III, and Pfc. Eric Clark, who were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb May 11 while conducting a medical supply mission for the citizens of Baghdad. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, gathered and bade final farewells to their fallen comrades May 18 at the Warrior Chapel. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan, 1st BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div.)
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