HASTINGS, MN, USA U.S. Army SGT, TROOP B, 2D SQUADRON, 106TH CAVALRY, DIXON, IL KHANABAD, AFGHANISTAN 07/06/2009
From Wayne’s sister Michelle:
A few things about Wayne…he too was an exceptional artist. He could draw anything! He loved his cars and guns. Wayne had a rough life but always kept his head up and always tried to make a better life for himself. Wayne is remembered by so many friends – he would talk to anyone about anything and was always willing to help others before himself. Wayne’s playground was the ocean, his favorite band was Korn, and his life quote…”life is too short, why not enjoy it”.
Sergeant Chester Hosford, known as Wayne to his friends, looked forward to getting back to Minnesota and being with his old girlfriend, with whom he had reconnected through My Space. Hasting’s girlfriend, Brendee Roberts, told the Twin Cities.com:
“He found me on Myspace about a year and a half ago, and we’ve been talking ever since,” Roberts said. “I hadn’t received an e-mail from him in like two months, and I didn’t know what was going on.”
She said the two were close and jokingly called each other husband and wife. Hosford would send pictures to her frequently while he was in Germany. She said Wayne was divorced with two kids, who are teenagers now, she did not know where they lived. Hosford’s mother passed away when he was thirteen and he was sent to live with his grandmother in Colorado. Hosford has two brothers, a sister and his children who survive him.
Sergeant Wayne Hosford served in the Marines in 1993. He joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2006 and transferred to the Illinois National Guard in 2008. Sergeant Hosford had also served with the Marines in the early 1990’s. He spent a few months in Ottawa, Minnesota before being deployed with the 33rd Infantry Brigade to Afghanistan in 2008. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant this week.