Fort Carson-based soldier killed in Iraq; aspired to be general |

Fort Carson-based soldier killed in Iraq; aspired to be general

FORT CARSON ” A Fort Carson soldier killed in combat in Iraq was a Chinese immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was 8 years old and wanted to be a general someday, his family said.

Pfc. Ming Sun, 20, of Cathedral City, Calif., was killed Tuesday by small-arms fire in Ramadi, the military said.

“He really loved the Army, and he really wanted to fight for this country,” Sun’s father, Hong-Yuan Sun, told The Gazette in Friday’s editions.

Sun graduated from high school 2004 and started college, but he dropped out and enlisted early last year as a rifleman so he could be guaranteed a trip to the front lines in Iraq.

Hong-Yuan Sun said that during a conversation last week, his son said he was happy in Iraq and was planning to re-enlist when his three-year hitch expired.

“He wanted to be a general,” Sun said.

Sun was with the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

He is the 77th 2nd Brigade soldier killed in Iraq, including nine who have died since the unit returned to war in October.

Since the war began in 2003, 182 Fort Carson soldiers have died, including 56 killed by small-arms fire.

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