Monday, April 23, 2007

Army Sgt. Randell T. Marshall

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Randell T. Marshall, 22, of Fitzgerald, Ga.

Sgt. Marshall was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 23 in Sadah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his location. Also killed were 1st Lt. Kevin J. Gaspers, Staff Sgt. Kenneth E. Locker Jr., Staff Sgt. William C. Moore, Sgt. Brice A. Pearson, Sgt. Michael L. Vaughan, Spc. Jerry R. King, Spc. Michael J. Rodriguez and Pfc. Garrett C. Knoll.

Stars and Stripes -- Sgt. Randell T. Marshall was a 22-year-old from Fitzgerald, Ga., and a former rodeo bull rider.

Marshall also was called “9/11-er” who enlisted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying he wanted to serve his country. He was described as a “hard-core paratrooper” by one of his friends, Sgt. Josh Meismer, according to The Associated Press. Marshall is survived by his father, mother and sister.

“We are trying to help the Iraqi Army out with helping the communities out,” Marshall said in a military news story released late last year. “So when we leave, the Iraqi army will be able to go out and do these kinds of missions on their own.”

Army Sgt. Randell T. Marshall was killed in action on 4/23/07.

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