Three fallen Stryker soldiers remembered at Fort Lewis

Three fallen Stryker soldiers remembered at Fort Lewis »Play Video
FORT LEWIS -- 11 soldiers from Fort Lewis' 5th Stryker Brigade have been killed since being sent to Afghanistan in July.

Wednesday, three of them were honored in a memorial service at Fort Lewis.

Fellow members of the 5th Stryker brigade combat team gathered with family and friends to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Remembered were Spec. Jonathan Welch of California, and PFC Jordan Brochu of Maine -- both killed by a bomb blast August 31. Spec. Tyler Walshe of California was killed by a bomb blast that same day.

Among those at the memorial is a soldier who was wounded in the first blast, just feet away from Spec. Welch.

"I shook his hand and I screamed his name hoping that he was still there and I was the first to find out he was dead," said Spec. Chas Clark. "And days later I still have moments where I cling to the hope that maybe I was wrong."

In the past couple of weeks, this unit has had to say goodbye to 6 other soldiers, and now preparations are under way to honor the last two soldiers who were killed on Monday, 1st Lt. David T. Wright II, 26, of Moore, Okla. and Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell, 24, of Carlise, Pa.