Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SFC Ronald W. Sawyer

On August 25, 2009, four soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan, while on patrol, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Killed were:

Capt. John L. Hallett III, 30, of California

Capt. Cory J. Jenkins, 30, of Arizona

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald W. Sawyer, 38, of Missouri

Spc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, of Washington

SFC Sawyer is survived by his wife, and 2 year old son, who live in Austin, Texas. He had been in the Army for 17 years and was a medic. He was on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, beginning July 15.

The remains of SFC Sawyer were returned to Austin on a charter aircraft, on September 2, 2009. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5, with internment to follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.

Approximately 35 Patriot Guard Riders, 20 peace officers, numerous airport personnel, firefighters and a United States Army Honor Guard were present to honor this hero. Two fire trucks were positioned to spray the aircraft with water as it arrived. The Riders formed a line of American flags near the aircraft, as the casket was removed from the aircraft, by six soldiers, and carried to the awaiting hearse.

The Riders and the peace officers then escorted the hearse, and the casket, to a funeral home in south Austin. The peace officers blocked traffic so that the hearse could move unimpeded.

At the funeral home, the Riders stood at attention, and rendered salutes, as the casket was removed from the hearse and moved into the funeral home.

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