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Army Sgt. 1st Class Bryan E. Hall

Died April 10, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 10 in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch and Pfc. Bryce E. Gautier.

Family didn’t know about humble soldier’s honors

The Associated Press

Bryan E. Hall received three Army commendation medals, as well as good Army achievement, good conduct and war on terrorism medals.

His mother, Betty Hall, said she had learned of the honors bestowed on her son only after his death.

“He was such a humble man,” she said.

Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif., died April 10 when his vehicle was struck by an explosive in Mosul. He was a 1994 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Carson.

“He was a special person, he never boasted about his accomplishments or was arrogant and pompous, he did his job,” his sister, Kristi, said. “When he was done with his job, he came home and he was a father, a husband, a son and a brother. He embodied what I think every soldier would want to be.”

Neighbor Clyde Colton remembers Hall as a man who loved camping, fishing and hunting. “He was quite the outdoorsman,” Colton said.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel, and 2-year-old daughter Addison.

“He loved his family and he just adored his wife and little baby girl,” said his mother. “He was very proud to be a military man — he felt he was doing what he needed to be doing.”

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