The Department of Defense announcement about the three latest soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division moved at about 8 o’clock last night.
All three were young infantrymen who joined the Army in 2004 and were sent to Fort Lewis to be part of the new Stryker brigade. They served in the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.
According to Fort Lewis:
&bull Spc. Joseph N. Landry III, 23, of Pensacola, Fla., enlisted in September 2004 and arrived at Fort Lewis the following March after infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was a high school graduate.
&bull Spc. Nicholas P. Olson, 22, of Novato, Calif., enlisted in October 2004 and arrived at Fort Lewis the following March, also after infantry training at Benning. He also was a high school graduate and his decorations include an Army Achievement Medal.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a brief story that says he leaves behind a wife and 10-month-old child.
&bull Spc. Donald E. Valentine III, 21, of Orange Park, Fla., enlisted in September 2004 and likewise arrived at Fort Lewis the following March after training at Benning. He also was a high school graduate and received the Army Achievement Medal.
Valentine’s father told The Associated Press he was motivated to join by the Sept. 11 attacks.