Three more fallen Stryker soldiers honored

Three more fallen Stryker soldiers honored
FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- On the anniversary of the start of the conflict in Afghanistan, Fort Lewis paused to say goodbye to three more soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade who didn't answer the final roll-call.

Spc. Joseph White, of Bellevue, was killed along with Staff Sgt. Edward Smith and Sgt. Titus Reynolds on Sept. 24 when a roadside bomb exploded.

The members of the 5th Stryker Brigade hate to say goodbye, but are eager to honor their fallen comrades.

"Staff Sgt. Smith, I know you're up there smiling, reading my mind and feeling what's in my heart right now," said Spc. Lawrence McLaurin.

Smith leaves behind his wife Jamie and two children.

1st Sgt. Steven Colbert said Sgt. Reynolds was always full of confidence and motivation.

"I can truly say that every mortar of 4-2-3 will miss Sgt. Reynolds," he said.

Reynolds' wife Dominque wrote, "He was more than a soldier; he was a soul mate, a son, a brother, a friend and a true American hero."

Spc. White leaves behind his wife Jessica and a large family in Bellevue. He was one of 10 brothers and sisters.

"And to you we say he will never be forgotten," one solider said.

There's much debate about whether more U.S. troops should be sent to Afghanistan. The president is now considering it. But White's mother says no matter what the debate, she's proud of her son.

"We totally support what he was doing," said Robyn White. "We support the military, and think Joe's our hero."

The 5th Stryker Brigade will be back in the chapel Thursday for another memorial -- This one to honor Spc. Kevin Graham, who died Sept. 26 from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.