Fort Lewis—Vice President Joseph Biden says seven Fort Lewis soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last month were "decent, ordinary, yet extraordinary" young men to whom the nation owes more than it can repay.
He spoke at the base Tuesday as about 500 people gathered to honor the soldiers - the most honored in a single Fort Lewis service since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.
Fort Hood and on Veterans Day. He made no other references to the tragedy at Fort Hood, where President Obama spoke Tuesday.
With two other soldiers killed Monday, the 5th Stryker Brigade at Fort Lewis has lost 28 since being deployed to Afghanistan in July. The seven men were killed Oct. 27 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the fallen soldiers are:
Staff Sgt. Luis M. Gonzalez, 27, of South Ozone Park, N.Y. Sgt.Fernando Delarosa, 24, of Alamo, Texas. Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, 29, of Terre Haute, Ind. Sgt. Issac B. Jackson, 27, of Plattsburg, Mo. Sgt.Patrick O. Williamson, 24, of Broussard, La. Spc. Jared D. Stanker, 22, of Evergreen Park, Ill. Pfc. Christopher I. Walz, 25, of Vancouver, WA