Oct 7, 2009 1:55 PM by Bea Karnes

Pentagon releases complete list of Fort Carson casualties

The names of all eight Fort Carson soldiers who died in Afghanistan last weekend have now been released by the Department of Defense.

The soldiers were killed in a fierce battle Oct. 3 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The bodies of six of the soldiers arrived at Dover AFB in the US Tuesday.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, 25 of Savannah, Ga.
Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 27, of Tucson, Ariz.
Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24, of Applegate, Calif.
Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of South Portland, Maine.
Sgt. Michael P. Scusa, 22, of Villas, N.J.
Spc. Christopher T. Griffin, 24, of Kincheloe, Mich.
Spc. Stephan L. Mace, 21, of Lovettsville, Va.
Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson, 22, of Reno, Nev.


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