Thursday, February 10, 2011

Robert B. Thrasher, Army, Sergeant -- Rest In Peace

Robert B. Thrasher, 23
Army, Sergeant
Based: Ft. Bliss, Texas
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: February 11, 2007
Baghdad, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Folsom
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.

Thrasher joined the Army after graduating from Folsom High School in 2002. He and his high school sweetheart, Christine — a soldier stationed in Texas — had been married for four years.

In addition to his wife, mother and grandmother, Thrasher is survived by his father, Charles; a brother, Ian James Thrasher, 21; his stepfather, Jesse Keen; and three other grandparents, all of Sacramento.

Do read the LA Times article about Army Sergeant Robert B. Thrasher here and find more at Freedom Remembered and visit Sergeant Thrasher's Guest Book.

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