Based: Ft. Bliss, Texas
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: February 11, 2007
High School: Folsom High (Folsom)
Burial: Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, Calif.
From Military Times:
FOLSOM, Calif. — Army Sgt. Robert Thrasher joined the military so he could see the world, learn about other cultures and earn money to attend college.
The 23-year-old was enthralled by the centuries-old architecture he saw while stationed in Europe, said his grandmother, Elsie Pfister of Orangevale. He had little other opportunity to explore, however, after a 13-month tour of Iraq and a second deployment just before Christmas.
Thrasher, who served with the Army’s 1st Calvary Division, was killed by a sniper Feb. 11 while on patrol in a neighborhood north of Baghdad, the Department of Defense said.
His family said Thrasher knew the danger and told them before setting off for a second time that he understood he might not come back.
“He told everyone that if he came back, it would be great. But if not, that would be OK, too,” Pfister said.