Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Ronnie L Sanders

Thibodaux, Louisiana

February 3, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Army SSG

407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

NOTE: The article below does not mention that he had 4 kids, 3 girls and a son.
From The Times shreveporttimes.com 02/06/07:

Shreveport soldier dies in Iraq
Ronnie Sanders, a '99 Woodlawn High graduate, is survived by his wife and newborn twin daughters
February 6, 2007

By John Andrew Prime
jprime[at]gannett.com

A soldier from Shreveport, a 1999 graduate of Woodlawn High School, died this weekend in Iraq, according to his grandmother.

Army Staff Sgt. Ronnie L. Sanders, a transportation unit member in his third tour of the war-torn country, had just returned to Iraq from visiting his wife, Rachel, and newborn twins at Fort Bragg, N.C., said his grandmother Juanita Sanders of the Queensborough neighborhood.

"He had just gone back," Sanders said of her 26-year-old grandson.

She said her grandson had planned to make the military a career but was rethinking his options since the birth of his twin daughters four months ago.

"After his babies were born, he wasn't too sure. He did not want to go back to Iraq. He didn't want to leave his babies."

Late Monday, the Pentagon released details of Sanders' death.

The military said Sanders, which it listed as being from Thibodaux, died Saturday in Baghdad "of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle."

Sanders was assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg.

Ronnie Sanders enlisted in the Army after graduating from Woodlawn High. He was featured in The Times' "Front and Center" column in May 2000 after graduating from motor transport training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Juanita Sanders said her daughter Ruth Ann Manley, of Arlington, Texas, has traveled to North Carolina to be with Rachel Sanders and the couple's children.

Juanita Sanders said her grandson will be buried in Shreveport, but funeral details are incomplete.

Ronnie Sanders is the third soldier from Woodlawn High to die in the war on terror. The others are Army Staff Sgts. George Ray Draughn Jr. and Troy Ezernack. Draughn, 29, was killed in a bomb blast Sept. 1, 2005, in Iraq. Ezernack, 39, died Oct. 9, 2005, in a grenade attack in Afghanistan.

"All of them are so young. That's what so tragic about it," Juanita Sanders said. "My grandson — I was so proud of him."

Woodlawn High also lost four of its graduates in the Vietnam War: Edward Cox, Glenn Ogburn, Harold O'Neal and Henry "Trey" Prather.

From Sgt Jermaine Lee 09/14/07:

I JUST WANTED TO SEND AN E-MAIL OUT TO MY OLD SQUAD LEADER SSG RONNIE L SANDERS. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. SSG SANDERS WAS A GOOD PERSON. HE HAD HIS WAYS BUT HE ALWAYS TOOK CARE OF THE SOLDIERS. I WAS DEPLOYED WITH HIM IN 2004 TO 2005. HE LEAD HIS SQUAD ALL THE TIME. WHEN EVERY A MISSION CAME DOWN HE ALWAYS TOOK THE MISSION. UNLIKE SOME LEADER HE WASN’T SCARED OF A CHALLENGE. I JUST WANT TO SAY I LOVE YOU MAN AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.

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