Glasgow Soldier Laid To Rest

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Specialist Will Gardner died of a non-combat-related wound last week while stationed in Iraq as a technician for the 10st Aviation Regiment.

Gardner becomes the 35Th service member with a Kentucky hometown to die in Iraq since the war began and among one of the 143 members of the 101st to die since troops went to Iraq in March of 2005.

He graduated from Glasgow High School in 2002 and joined the Army in March of 2003.

Several members of his battalion remembered Spc. Gardner for his work as a soldier during the war in Iraq.

"He kept us running. We actually got to fire our weapons first, our aerial weapons first. We fired gunnary first. Because of him and his efforts, we actually crossed into Iraq first," says CWO Salvadore Chavez.

But they say they'll also remember Gardner for the man he was outside of the uniform.

Fellow battalion member, Spc. Norris says this about Gardner.

"He's always been a very respectful person, very fun to be around. He was a good guy, always smiling. He was one of those guys that really cared about other people."

"He had a warm character. He always had a smile when he talked to you. He was great," notes CWO Chavez.

Memorial services were also held in Iraq for Gardner and two other 101st soldiers killed in a roadside bomb last week.

All 3 were also honored at Fort Campbell on Wednesday.

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