By Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
1st Cavalry Division public affairs
Fellow "Greywolf" soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and family members gathered at Pvt. Samuel Moody's memorial service to pay their respects April 8, at Ironhorse Chapel at Fort Hood.
Moody, of Orange, was a cavalry scout assigned to the rear detachment of 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade. He was 28 years old when he died March 21.
Maj. Dominique Dionne, brigade rear detachment commander, said Moody had been eagerly completing all the required preparations so he could deploy to join his regiment in Iraq who were already conducting combat operations.
"Pvt. Samuel Moody was a great American and already displayed his outstanding leadership traits that would have helped him become an outstanding battle-tested soldier and possibly and possibly a future, noncommissioned officer in the United States Army," Dionne said.
He told Moody's family that Samuel would not be forgotten by his fellow soldiers and that "once a Greywolf, always a Greywolf."
Capt. Richard Floer, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry, said it was a "shame" that Moody did not have the chance to live up to his full potential as a scout.
"I am sure he would have stood tall in the saddle and fulfilled his duties faithfully," Floer said. "It is a sad loss to our squadron to not have the opportunity to have lead this fine man."
Pvt. Stephon Smith, who was with Moody throughout their One-Station Unit Training in Fort Knox, Ky., and in the same unit at Fort Hood, recounted his time throughout their training together as one of selflessness and motivation on Moody's part.
"Sam was kind, outgoing and a gentleman," Smith said about his friend. "He put others first in front of himself - he insisted on helping others."
When Smith addressed Moody's family, he told them that he would always talk about his love for them and how he would tell stories about spending time with them growing up.
"He said some of the best times he's had was just them tow going out to the lake and boating, fishing and just spending quality time together."
Moody is survived by his father, Ronnie Moody, and his sisters, Alyson and Ashley.