Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2008
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Senate Honors Fallen Serviceman
The state Senate on Tuesday honored Army Staff Sergeant Chris Hake
of Enid, who was one of four U.S. soldiers killed on Easter Sunday
when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq.
Hake was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq with the 4th Battalion,
64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division,
where he served as a Squad Leader.
Senate Resolution 68 was authored by Sen. Patrick Anderson to honor
Hake’s contributions to his country and the state of Oklahoma.
“We can never do enough to thank Chris Hake for all he meant
to his country and the way he represented the state of Oklahoma,”
said Anderson, R-Enid. “He carried a passion for serving his
country and community that inspired everyone around him. His leadership
and patriotism were an example to all of us.”
Hake joined the United States Army after graduating from Oklahoma
Bible Academy in 2000. Anderson said Hake set an outstanding example
of service to God, service to country and service to others. Hake
married Kelli Short of Stillwater in 2004, and their son Gage was
born on October 14, 2006. In a recent note to loved ones, Hake wrote:
“if anything were to happen to me, Gage would always be able
to know that his father died so that he could live in peace. I know
Jesus did the same for me”.
“Chris Hake’s life was a living testimony to faith,
both in his personal spirituality and his dedication to the mission
of the United States Army,” Anderson said. “He possessed
a unique passion to defend our country and our way of life. He was
loved and respected by those who knew him and he will be greatly
Hake will be laid to rest as a true American hero with full military
honors in Arlington National Cemetery on April 8, 2008. He was 27
years old. Sergeant Hake was the 65th Oklahoman to give his life
in the Iraq war and the second from his hometown of Enid.
For more information contact:
Senator Anderson's Office: (405) 521-5630