SPC Evan A Marshall, 21, of Athens, Georgia, was one of five soldiers killed on January 28, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
From the Athens Banner Herald:
Army Spc. Evan Marshall, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Shoals High School, was stationed in Mosul and on his second tour in Iraq when he was killed, his father said.
Marshall joined the Army after high school, trained at Fort Benning outside Columbus and served in Iraq from December 2005 until December 2006, his father said. He was home for a year and deployed again seven weeks ago.
"We're devastated by this loss, but we honor his service," Drew Marshall, an Athens attorney, said of his son. "We're very proud of him, and I consider him and all the other people who are volunteering to service over there as heroes."
Friends and family members gathered Monday at the Marshalls' new home in Oconee County to comfort Marshall and his wife, Sheila, a teacher at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, and Evan Marshall's older sister, Alice.
Marshall grew up after he joined the military, as maturity and the structure of the Army converged at once on the young man, said Tom Granum, the music director at Athens First Presbyterian Church, where Marshall was a member and participated in the youth group.
"It gave him a direction in life that he was looking for," Granum said. "It was in the Army that he really seemed to blossom."
Marshall, who also attended Athens Academy for a time, surprised his parents with his decision to join the Army right out of school, in the middle of the war in Iraq, his father said - but it was what he wanted to do.
"So far as I'm able to tell, his motives were that he wanted to serve his country, and he wanted to do something that was hard and challenging," Drew Marshall said.
The Patriot Guard Riders were in attendance at the February 4 services in Athens, Georgia.