3 Fort Carson soldiers die of injuries from bomb | SummitDaily.com

3 Fort Carson soldiers die of injuries from bomb

FORT CARSON ” Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hager once told his mother it would be his privilege to lead soldiers into battle, if his country asked him to.

Hager, 29, of Broomfield, was among three soldiers assigned to Fort Carson who died of injuries suffered during combat operations in Iraq last week, the Defense Department said Sunday.

Hager, Pfc. Travis W. Buford, 23, of Galveston, Texas, and Pfc. Rowan D. Walter, 25, of Winnetka, Calif., died Friday of injuries suffered a day earlier when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle, military officials said.

All were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson.

The Army post has lost 189 soldiers since the war in Iraq began, spokeswoman Judy Dutt said.

Hager was survived by a wife and son in Pueblo, where the family recently bought a home.

Hager’s mother, Lois Knight, described her son as gregarious and someone who gave himself “whole-hearted” to what he was doing.

“He was trying to give a little taste of the freedom that we have in this country to the Iraqi people,” she told KUSA-TV in Denver. “He loved America, he loved his freedom and above all, he really loved Colorado.”

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