Originally created 03/10/02

Fallen heroes



SAVANNAH - Family, friends and fellow Rangers will bury Sgt. Bradley Crose, Cpl. Matthew Commons and Spc. Marc Anderson on Monday.

The three Rangers died last week when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter came under enemy fire in the mountains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Anaconda.

The three were assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield; four other U.S. troops were killed during the battle.

The funeral for Sgt. Crose, who has relatives in Aiken County, begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Pinewood Presbyterian Church in Middleburg, Fla.

A visitation and prayer service for Cpl. Commons will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jefferson Funeral Home in Alexandria, Va. His funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Va., and he will be buried at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, said his father, Greg Commons.

Visitation and services for Spc. Anderson will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla. His visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, and his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Raphael Catholic Church.

He will be buried at Bushnell National Cemetery in Tampa after the funeral, said his father, David Anderson.

Several memorial funds and scholarships have been created in honor of the fallen Rangers. The families said they are touched by the care and concern shown by the public.

Spc. Anderson might have a high school sports complex named after him in Alliance, Ohio. Art Garnes, the superintendent of the Alliance City Schools, will ask the school board March 26 to name the new complex after Spc. Anderson, who played football, was a shot-putter and wrestled for Alliance.

"He affected so many people," Mr. Anderson said about his son. "It was unbelievable."