FORT CARSON, Colo. - Friends and family gathered to remember three fallen soldiers on the Mountain Post Wednesday.
The soldiers were assigned to 32nd Transportation, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson.
The three were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. They were killed June 18.
Sgt. William R. Moody's comrades said he adored three things: his family, his country and Texas. He was remembered as a family man. His friend said he loved to laugh and talk about his children. He left behind a 9-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old son and a 2-year-old son.
"He was always there. (He had) that presence that you could never get away from," said Retired Sgt. 1st Class Jason Clemens, who served overseas with Moody. "He kept us all going."
Spc. Ember Alt was a passionate mechanic. One of the soldiers Alt mentored spoke about Alt at the memorial service. She said Alt jumped into action to save the lives of three wounded soldiers. Their vehicle in their convoy was attacked. Alt ran into help the soldiers and put her own life at risk.
"She didn't know a lot about being a mechanic, other than what she was trained in school, but when she came in, she took off. She had a thirst. She wanted to learn," said Clemens.
Spc. Robert Ellis's best friend described his favorite memories of Ellis at the memorial service. He described Ellis as a "cool guy" who always kept a stash of corny jokes and sarcasm up his sleeve.
Ellis's comrade said his strength and resilience were contagious.
"He would just out of nowhere say something that was totally offbeat and everyone would crack up laughing," said Staff Sgt. Dan Meigs. "It was Ellis and you knew to expect that from Ellis."
Speakers took turns speaking about the three different soldiers. Many speakers shared the message that their fallen comrades would be greatly missed.