Fort Gordon barracks memorialized in honor of fallen soldier
Fort Gordon memorialized one of its own Wednesday by renaming the base’s largest barracks in honor of a fallen soldier.
Sgt. Marshall Edgerton died Dec. 11, 2003 while doing a force protection shift on Combat Outpost Champion Main in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Edgerton volunteered to escort an incoming vehicle so that his fellow soldier could finish his meal.
Once he entered the vehicle, Edgerton noticed something was wrong and alerted his fellow soldiers before the driver detonated an explosive device. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Pfliger remembers the day it happened.
“I was there when it happened. We heard everything,” Pfliger said. “When we found out it was him, it was a bad day.”
Pfliger met Edgerton when he was assigned to the 82nd Signal Battalion. He said it’s great that Fort Gordon is recognizing someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“Just a great soldier, a great man. One of those guys who would do anything for you. You would give him a mission and he would take it and run with it to full completion,” he said.