Ceremony at post remembers 248 soldiers killed

(AP) - The peacetime loss of 248 Fort Campbell soldiers has been remembered with a service at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Soldiers who died when a charter flight bringing them home from a peacekeeping mission in Egypt were members of the 101st Airborne Division. A DC-8 flying the soldiers to Fort Campbell crashed as it took off from a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland, on Dec. 12, 1985, killing everyone on board.

Col. Daniel Walrath, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander, spoke at the service on Monday, noting that military families have become used to casualties and loss over the last decade, according to The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, TN.

Walrath said that even when a soldier performs duties to standard and successfully, he or she remains exposed to risk.

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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