Two Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Iraq
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Two Fort Campbell soldiers died this week in Iraq from injuries suffered after their vehicle hit an improved explosive device.
Twenty-year-old Spc. Steven J. Christofferson of Cudahy, Wis., and 26-year-old Sgt. Adam J. Kohlhaas of Perryville, Mo., died Monday in Bayji, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
They were both assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Kohlhaas joined the Army nearly six years ago and has been at Fort Campbell since October 2002. His brother Nate said Thursday he was on his third deployment since enlisting the summer before his senior year of high school.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, of Bowling Green, Ky.; his daughter, Londyn Nelson of Saint Peters, Mo., and his father, Henry Kohlhaas of Cadiz, Ky.
Kohlhaas, who just recently turned 26, impressed his football coaches at Trigg County High School with his dedication and enthusiasm, his brother Nate said.
“He didn’t do nothing normal — he had to take an extra step,” he said. “He was a big guy with a big heart.”
He was hoping to take leave in July to go on a honeymoon with his new wife, Nate Kohlhaas said. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Christofferson joined Army in June 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2006. He is survived by his mother, Michell Christofferson, also of Cudahy, and his father, Jeffrey Christofferson.
Christofferson was a 2006 graduate of Cudahy High School, where he played football, wrestled and ran track.
Including Kohlhaas and Christofferson, a total of 229 soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in the Iraq war. Of those, 28 soldiers have died in the latest deployment, which began in September.
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To view a family memorial for Sgt. Adam Kohlhaas, visit www.kohlsracingphotos.com
Published in The Messenger 4.25.08