OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 25, 2009)—Army Sgt. Ryan Schlack, 30, who was shot to death on July 18 while trying to break up a fight in a housing area at Fort Hood, has been laid to rest with military honors in his hometown of Oshkosh, Wis.
Schlack was a specialist, but was posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Friends remembered him as loyal and quick-witted, and also as a video-game whiz who was nerdy in a funny way.
Schlack joined the Army in 2004 as a computer detection systems repairer and arrived at Fort Hood in 2005.
He was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Fort Hood Spc. Armando Ray Baca later turned himself in to Fort Hood authorities in connection with the shooting.
He was assigned to the same unit as Schlack and both soldiers returned to the post in May after deploying to Iraq in June 2008.
A Fort Hood deputy public affairs officer said Schlack was struck in the hip when shots were fired into a crowd early in the morning on July 18 at a home in McNair Village.
He was taken to Darnall Army Medical Center where he later died, the spokesman said.