Fallen Soldier: Hailey Hodsden

Hailey Hodsden
Dates: Died August 1, 2023
Hometown: Dripping Springs, TX
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Player: Samuel Kim

Hailey Elizabeth Hodsden, 24 of Dripping Springs, Texas died August 1, 2023, in a training accident in Grafenwoehr, Germany while serving as a Scout Platoon Leader in the 2nd US Cavalry Regiment. She died when her Stryker armored vehicle collided with a semi-truck as it entered the A93 freeway.

1st Lt Hodsden earned her degree from the elite U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where she not only distinguished herself academically but also as an important player for the West Point rugby team. She was commissioned as an armor officer after demonstrating her leadership abilities.

As an officer, she was professional, proficient, and personable. She not only cared for the people she served with, but she loved them. She also loved life and all its facets.... books, art, sports, travel, history, nature, and music. She put effort into living life and experiencing all the beauty that life has to offer.

“Hailey was an exceptional leader,” said Lt. Col. Joseph M. Byerly, 4th Squadron Commander. “As the Saber family mourns her loss, we are reminded of the courage and commitment that she displayed each day. She was a true example for others to emulate.”