Aggie Killed in Iraq

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A Texas A&M graduate is one of the latest casualties in the war on terror. United States Army 1st Lt. Ryan T. Sanders was killed Monday when an explosive device went off near his tank. Sanders, stationed at Fort Hood, was from Richardson.

He earned bachelor degrees in English and Sociology in 2001 at Texas A&M and a master's degree in English in 2004.

"What everyone remembers is how good humored he was, he was always smiling, he was always nice, he was always helpful, he always wanted to learn, he was a spark plug in class discussions, someone you could always count on to talk and have something good to say and contribute," Dennis Berthold, Sanders' former English professor at Texas A&M said.

Berthold said Sanders wanted to teach high school and most interested in Shakespeare.

Sanders came into the military in June 2004 as an Armor General. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, since June 2005.

He deployed to Iraq in December 2005.

1st Lt. Sanders earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Sanders is survived by his wife Jennifer, an Aggie alum. Services are pending.