Fallen Soldier: Wardell B. Turner

Wardell B. Turner
Dates: Died November 24, 2014
Hometown: Nanticoke, MD
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant Major
Player: Katie Lu

Army Sergeant Major Wardell Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, MD., was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum, N.Y., and served during Operation Enduring Freedom. On November 24, 2014, he was killed during a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

SGM Turner graduated from Bennett High School in 1984 and was a member of their championship football team. He attended Towson University on a football scholarship, where he graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in management. SGM Turner enlisted in the Army in 1993 and served globally in places such as Germany, South Korea, Bosnia, and Iraq. He climbed up the enlisted ranks, earning the title of SGM in 2013. Over his 21-year military career, SGM Turner received many medals and ribbons for his work, ranging from the Bronze Star to a Purple Heart.

“My husband was a leader, friend and mentor to many”, said his wife, Katherine. “He was an encourager and always put family first, thus he led with his soldiers' families in mind’.”

SGM Turner’s son is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.