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A Soldier's Story: Master Sergeant Samuel Melvin Gardner Jr.


Master Sergeant Samuel Melvin Gardner Jr. was born on September 9, 1990, in Chanute Ab Illinois.  His family relocated to Texas and he enlisted in the US Army in 1974 and was assigned to the 31st Weather Squadron.

In 1990, during the initial deployment into Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War, the transport plane Master Sergeant Gardner was traveling on crashed during lift-off from Ramstein Germany.

He rests at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo Texas.