WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue May 2, 2006
Ft. Campbell Soldier Killed In Iraq
Fort Campbell, KY – Friends say a 101st Airborne Division soldier killed in Iraq was an amateur actor with an offbeat sense of humor.
The Army says 29 year old Sgt. Steve Sakoda of Hilo, Hawaii was killed Saturday when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee while on patrol in Baghdad.
He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
His former college professor says Sakoda had a funny attitude toward everything.
Sakoda entered the Army in September 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in May 2004. He also served in the Marines, beginning in 1994. He later joined the Army National Guard and switched to active Army in 2004.
He's survived by his wife, Michelle, of Hilo, Hawaii.
Thirty nine military members with Kentucky hometowns of record have died as a result of service in Iraq. In addition, 146 soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in the Iraq War since it began more than three years ago.