09/20/2010 | Col. Paul Wegman Chief of Staff
98th Training Division (IET)
(L to R) Brig. Gen. Robert Stall, former commanding general, of the 98th Training Division (IET), Col. Todd Arnold, 98th Training Division (IET) deputy commander, Command Sgt. Milt Newsome, 98th Training Division (IET) command sergeant major, Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Robert Searle, 98th Training Division (IET) division chaplain listen as Col. Paul Wegman, 98th Training Division (IET), chief of staff addresses Soldiers and guests during the Division Memorial Ceremony held in Rochester, N.Y.
Brig. Gen. Robert Stall, former commanding general, of the 98th Training Division (IET) hosted the Division Memorial Ceremony during the Headquarters battle assembly on May 2. The annual ceremony honors five 98th Training Division Soldiers killed in action during the division’s deployment to Iraq from 2004-2005.
Lt. Col. Terrence Crowe of Grand Island, N.Y. was killed in action on June 7, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq. He was 44 years old. Crowe was an Infantry officer and a 17 year veteran, the last seven of which were spent in the 98th Division. He is survived by his parents, his son Jeremiah, now 22, and daughter Clara, now 20.
Master Sgt. Paul Karpowich of Bridgeport, Pa. was killed in action on December 21, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq. He was 30 years old. Karpowich was an Infantry Soldier and a 13 year Army veteran. He spent nine of those years with the 98th Division, and eventually became a Senior Drill Sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, his parents, a brother and two sisters.
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Derenda of Ledbetter, Ky. was killed in action on August 5, 2005 in Rubiah, Iraq. He was 42 years old. Derenda was a graduate of The Citadel and a twenty year veteran. He is survived by his parents and sister.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Dill of Tonawanda, N.Y. was killed in action on April 4, 2005 in Balad Ruz, Iraq. He was 28. Dill was a veteran of the 24th Mech and Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, his parents, and two sisters.
Sgt. Lawrence Roukey of Westbrooke, Maine was killed in action on 26 April 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 33 years old. Roukey served for three years in the Army after high school and reenlisted after the 9-11 attacks. He was assigned to the 98th Division when he deployed to Iraq. He is survived by his wife, Ryann, his son, Nicholas, now six years old, and his step-daughter Sonya, now 19.
During the ceremony, as more than 150 Soldiers and veterans looked on, Stall reminded those in attendance of one of the major tenets of the Soldier’s Creed, “I Will Never Leave a Fallen Comrade.”
“This portion of the creed rings true even years later,” said Stall, “because we will never forget these Soldiers and their Families, and what they gave to us and what they gave to their country.”
Stall vowed the annual memorial ceremony would continue indefinitely, citing the example of contemporary British Soldiers who, in 2003, discovered a WWI cemetery in central Iraq hosting the remains of the British Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force.
The British Soldiers cleaned and refurbished the cemetery, and hold regular memorial services there in honor of their fallen comrades, past and present.
Col. Todd Arnold, 98th Training Division (IET) deputy commander, said in an emotional speech that he was privileged to have known the five Soldiers who lost their lives. He quoted Gen. George Patton, “Mourn not for these fallen Soldiers, but thank God that such men lived.”
Command Sgt. Milt Newsome, 98th Training Division (IET) command sergeant major said to remember and honor the sacrifices made by these Soldiers, and to honor them by our actions as well as our words.
Stall closed the ceremony by quoting the words of Rudyard Kipling in his poem, The Recessional. “Lest we forget...lest we forget...” The 98th Division has pledged to remember.