Stuttgart, Germany, US
United States Army
SFC, 554th Military Police Company
Baghdad, Iraq, 07/14/2004
Rex Gordon Sprague, 39, lost his life during an assault on his convoy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Rex served as a civilian contracted Security Officer protecting logistic interpreters.
Rex as born in Heidleburg, Germany in August of 1964, where his father, Rex. G. Sprague, II and mother Phyllis M. Sprague were stationed with the U.S. Army. Rex grew up on various military bases until 1979, when the family moved to East Holden. Rex was a graduate of Brewer High School in 1982.
At the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, joining the 82nd Airborne Infantry stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. After serving three years with the 82nd, he transferred to the 554th Military Police Co., stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.
During his term of service, Rex served in several conflicts including Panama, Honduras, Gulf War and Bosnia. Rex met his wife, Natascha, while stationed in Germany.
Rex and Natascha had recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. In January of 2004, Rex retired from the Army and accepted the contracted job with “Titan Corp.” to serve one year in Iraq. After which, he and Natascha were planning to purchase land in Maine and start a family of their own.
Rex is remembered as a man who had always put others before himself; aiding those in need and protecting those whom he did not know, including the passengers he saved during the ambush that were in the vehicle he was operating at the time of his fatal injury. Rex will always be lovingly remembered and honored as a gentle, soft-spoken man, yet fearless; defending what he believed to be true.
Along with Rex’s valued qualities, he was a man of integrity, humor and had a passion for life.
Rex is survived by his wife, Natascha Sprague of Germany; mother, Phyllis Sprague of Brewer; sister, Petra Lewis of Surry and Caryn Cates of Massachusetts; brother, Michael Sprague of Jefferson and son, Rex G. Sprague IV of North Carolina. Rex was also loved by many other family members around the country. Rex will be missed and loved by all and is now with his predeceased daughter, Somer Ann under the care of their Father in Heaven.