From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
BY MICK WALSH
Staff Sgt. Jeffery Hartley had traveled from his combat outpost to Forward Operating Base Rustimiyah to mourn a fellow soldier, killed days earlier by a roadside bomb.
Such is not uncommon for the soldiers of the close-knit 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Many of those who attended the memorial service for Sgt. Darren Dhanoolal did not know him personally.
But he was a member of the Sledgehammer Brigade.
Hartley, a staff sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, was leading his platoon back to Combat Outpost Salie following the memorial service when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
Hartley, one of three soldiers in his vehicle, was killed.
News of Hartley's April 8 death was made public a couple of days later. But the details surrounding the trip to the memorial service were not released until much later.
"He simply was one of the finest leaders I have ever known," said Capt. Drew Staples, commander of Headquarters Battery. "He combined a sense of mission with a human touch that will be hard-pressed to ever be duplicated."