FOX Sports Pays Tribute to ‘Lone Survivor’ Commander who Gave His Life in Afghanistan
On Monday, May 25, FOX Sports San Diego’s broadcast of Padres at Angels will include several features paying tribute to the heroic men and women who have served our country.
- FOX Sports San Diego will air a feature called “A Soldier’s Story,” profiling Major Stephen Reich on Memorial Day, during a special hour long Padres Live pregame show. Video Link: https://vimeo.com/127644520 – All FOX Sports networks around the country will air this 12-minute feature now through Memorial Day.
– Major Reich served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and was killed in action on June 28, 2005 during a mission to rescue a four-man Navy SEAL team, as depicted in the book and movie ‘Lone Survivor’.
– Major Reich was one of 16 troops aboard the helicopter attempting to rescue their Navy Seal brothers when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all onboard.
– Reich grew up in Washington Depot, CT and was a three-sport athlete at Shepaug Valley High School before becoming a star pitcher for the United States Military Academy at West Point.
His promising professional baseball career lasted only two games for a Baltimore Orioles farm team before the Army summoned him back to active duty.
- FOX Sports will pay further tribute to our U.S. servicemen and women by airing a series of vignettes titled “Warriors Among Us” throughout Memorial Day weekend.
- “Warriors Among Us” provides a glimpse into the personal lives of a select group of soldiers who gave their lives while serving in the military.
- Each vignette offers viewers brief biographical information, including the soldiers’ connection to sports, as well as photos depicting their military service.
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