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Feb 10, 2010 8:54 PM by Matt Stafford

Soldiers and airman remembered at Ft. Carson

Another memorial service means more lives given in service of their country.

"Unfortunately this isn't out first time around," says Capt. Michael Erlandson, 4th I.D., 4th B.C.T., company commander.

Four soldiers and an airman all fought together, and now they are remembered together.

Early January, they were visiting a village when they were attacked with explosives and gun fire.
Two of the four fallen soldiers died while trying to help other injured soldiers. The four soldiers and the airman died, six others were injured.

"They literally died as heroes and they've been recommended for honors," says Capt. Erlandson

Airman Bradley Smith died on the ground, fighting with his military brothers and sisters.

"Fought and unfortunately died with the soldiers that he was with." says Capt. Ryan Main, rear detachment commander with the 4th I.D., 4th B.C.T.

Working with air support on the ground, peers say Smith always tried to do the right thing.

"He was an example to everybody, from the lowest ranking private to the highest ranking officer," explains Capt. Main.

The same can be said for the others.

"They died with honor and they died like heroes," says Capt. Erlandson.

The proper time is taken to honor their service, but the down time isn't long. Capt. Erlandson returns to Afghanistan in six days.

"We get them whatever help they need and then we get them back out on patrol, because the reality is we have a job to do," says Capt. Erlandson.

It's a job they will do in honor of their fallen friends.

The fallen men with the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team:

SGT Joshua Allen Lengstorf
    B Co., 1-12 IN
SPC Brian Robert Bowman
    B Co., 1-12 IN
SPC Robert John Donevski
    B Co., 2-12 IN
PFC John Phillip Dion
    B Co., 1-12 IN
SrA Bradley Randall Smith
    10th Air Support Operations Squadron

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