WACO, Texas (DOD & KWTX) - Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague died July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations.
(U.S. Army photo)
The community will hold a candlelight vigil in his honor at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Veteran's Remembrance Park of Teague on the corner of 8th Ave. & Hwy 84.
Sartor's sister Shae lives in Teague where her brother grew up and played high school football.
"He was a warrior he wanted to be out there fighting for our country," she says.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.
Sartor graduated from Teague High School in 1997.
Sartor served in the military for nearly 20 years, joining in June of 2001 when he was nearly 23 years old.
He embarked on the first of seven career deployments just one year later, serving in Iraq as an infantryman.
A selection to Special Forces soon followed, and he deployed to Iraq as a Green Beret four more times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).
He was in the middle of his second deployment to Afghanistan at the time of his death.
"We’re incredibly saddened," said Col. Brian Rauen, commander of 10th SFG (A) in a statement Sunday.
"Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professionals. He led his soldiers from the front, and his presence will be terribly missed."
Sartor's sister Shae says that the family is heartbroken, but proud of what he did for the country and the community.
"He was a true hero. He wanted to be up with the rest of his troops," she says.