“Rest In Paradise – LTC Earl H. Saunders”

A Celebration of A Life Well Lived


Arlington National Cemetery
November 24th 2020

LTC Earl H. Saunders will be remembered as a man of wisdom and character who served his country well and who was always willing to support, befriend and mentor others. Above all, he loved his family unconditionally.


Arlington National Cemetery
November 24th 2020

Thanks For Joining Us
(in person and virtually)
At The Interment Ceremony for
Lieutenant Colonel Earl H. Saunders

(On November 24th 2020 – 3pm-4pm)


A Very Special Video Tribute In Memory of
Lieutenant Colonel Earl Howard Saunders

Funeral Program (Booklet – Slides)

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LTC Earl H. Saunders will be remembered as a man of wisdom and character who served his country well and who was always willing to support, befriend and mentor others. Above all, he loved his family unconditionally.

A viewing will be held on Sunday May 17, 2020 from 12-2pm, at Howell Funeral Home, 10220 Guilford Rd, Jessup, MD 20794, immediately followed by a celebration of life service (2-3pm) for family and friends.

A Memorial Service and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date.


Thanks For Joining Us
(in person and virtually)
At The Special Celebration Ceremony for
Lieutenant Colonel Earl H. Saunders

(On May 17th 2020 – 2pm-3pm)


Sabrina F. Saunders-Hodge

As an only child to both my Biological Parents & Godparents I never lost sight of how blessed I was to be given 4 devoted people to guide me through life. I stand here today to celebrate my father (the 3rd of my parents to reach heaven) and thank God for my beautiful mother still here with me today.

Dearest Aaron and Jaydon:
As you are to me and your father – You have always been and will continue to be your grandfather’s pride and joy. He became a truly fulfilled person when you were born.

A testament to Pop Pop’s love and your Mema’s love for you was their ability to selflessly & completely dissolve the pain of divorce in order to joyfully celebrate every holiday and milestone with us as a united blanket of unconditional love over the past 27 years you both have been on earth.

Your POP POP held your hands on earth but will hold your hearts forever.

Dearest Dad …

I little knew the Monday that I spent with you would be the last
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The Tuesday God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing will seem the same, but as God calls us one by one
Our chain will link again.

Rest in eternal peace and enjoy the reunion with your parents, only sibling brother, departed family and close friends.

Your #1 Daughter …
Sabrina Fedora Saunders-Hodge


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Veterans of Foreign Wars: Visit https://heroes.vfw.org/

Donation notifications can be sent to:
Email: Sabrina@HodgeOnline.com
Address: Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, P.O. Box 245, Glenwood, MD 21738.

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A Life Well Lived - Appreciated & Loved

A Special Tribute To “Pop Pop”

-by- Aaron LeRoi Hodge

(Chef Aaron LeRoi)

Date: May 12th, 2020

A SUPER Squeeze -for- a SUPER Pop Pop!

Aaron & Pop Pop – Men In The Kitchen – 10-2018

Aaron & Pop Pop … 12/25/2020

TO: Grandpa “Pop Pop”
Earl Howard Saunders

(Sunrise: 7.18.1935 – Sunset: 5.12.2020)
Love Always …- Aaron LeRoi Hodge

This morning we lost a national treasure, a soldier, a hero, and fighter not just for our country but for our family.

God works in mysterious ways and I’m thankful that I have been home for many reasons for the time being … and Pop Pop you are/were one of them.

You had the most strength of any man I know on this earth. You fought in crucial wars for me and us, those battles gave you a war of your own in the form of lung cancer, although you and we did everything we could each day, although we knew it got much worse during these past few months…you still fought throw the best you could, yet it wasn’t what took your life but a heart attack and a fall.

My last words to him not knowing was saying something silly and to make him laugh, on Mother’s day I said “Happy Mother’s Day to the Father that helped my mother become the mother that she is today” …LOL.

Thank god the next day my mom decided to spend the whole day virtual working with him at his apartment. She, his only child was the last person to spend quality time and to see him alive.

Like all of us he wasn’t perfect with stubbornness, bad habits, etc. but he was him until this day and I’m grateful for that.

Pop Pop you were and still are one of my biggest fans probably the biggest in your own way, every time I post anything new on social media you always had your phone and you would like and love it all right away.

You always wore a custom watch I gave to you years ago. You loved the piano and were a reason why I learned the piano at a young age. You loved the news. You loved reading sooooo many books about countless things in our culture and existence, A sponge for knowledge.

You loved your comfy chair despite your condition you wouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise where you chose to relax and sleep ? You were always you I never wanted it any other way.

This post or caption only scratches the surface ❤️ Love you so damn much. I told you that almost everyday when we would talk on the phone or late at night with a text because I know you always stayed up late.

Love is note even a big enough word for how I feel about you ❤️

#RIP #RestInParadise #POPPOP

A Special Interview of “Pop Pop”

-by- Jaydon LeRoi Hodge
(For 11th Grade History Paper)

Date: December 15th 2019
School: McDonogh High School, Maryland



War In Literature - Veteran Descriptive Profile

Jaydon Hodge – War in Literature – Veteran Descriptive Profile

“The military is the only thing between our borders and the onslaught of violence brought by invasion.”  These are the words of Earl Saunders, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

These words, to most, probably have a certain ring to them that screams war. That the military is an engine of war and is there to help win them. But this was not the case for Earl. Although he said these words as if they were facts about the military, he also knows that the military has a different side:  one of connections, learning, and living with your fellow man. One where you can go places all across Europe and Asia. Also do and try other things like being a direct advisor to leaders of other nations militaries and work with people from all across the world.

These are some things that most people can never even do or even try to in a lifetime. These experiences are the best in Earl’s life and he wouldn’t trade them for anything else. But just like everything else in life there is always a risk to every reward and it’s hard to say that his experience did not come without any difficulties. Earl said “there is always some compromises and some disappointments in that life but the positives heavily outway the negatives,”

 As a child growing up during the end and aftermath of World War II, Earl loved the military and enjoyed the idea that one day he would be out there fighting to protect this country.

He grew up in more of a suburban location that boomed after the war. It was a place where all the kids would play games like “war” and have pretend fights with toy soldiers. He says this is mainly due to the state that the country was in and what the general public’s opinions were on the military. At the time everyone supported the military and wanted them to keep their strength up. He was in a good family, but they were not a military family or had much history in the military. He said everybody knew that after high school you had two options. Either you enlisted in the draft and let the “luck of the draw” decide whether or not you served, or you volunteered on your own, went into ROTC  in college, and served once you finished college.

For Earl’s highschool experience he said it was normal for representatives for mainly the Army but sometimes other branches to talk to kids to attempt the ROTC rather than getting drafted. He chuckled when he thought on how this was different from today where military representatives just encourage students that don’t have much going for them to just join and serve straight out of highschool.

 Earl took the path of doing 4 years in College. He always knew that he always wanted to get an education and the Army was a great opportunity for that. On the other hand, he knew that had other opportunities to join the workforce out of highschool but figured he would get drafted anyways.

He got his commision at Central State University through the ROTC program. He later, after his service, was offered by the Army to continue his college education for free and obtain his masters degree. In his early years in the Army, he trained in the ABERDEEN proving grounds. He said it was standard for everyone that trained at that location to be combat trained and learn how to fight.

Even though he didn’t end up being in the infantry units, the ones that were sent for combat,  of the Army he said that no matter what, when you serve overseas that it is necessary for every soldier to be prepared for any and every combat scenario that one could face. He had to do grueling physical training and learn how to handle weapons properly. He remembered that they would talk a lot about “ignoring your fears” of killing people.

One thing interesting thing that he could recall during his time at ABERDEEN proving grounds was the diversity of people. He met and trained with other soldiers from Turkey, Burma and Thailand. They would speak english while at the proving grounds but also give some insight to what their culture and foreign military is like at their home nations. Due to his ROTC training he was then put into BOMOP training (Basic Officers Military Orientation Program). This taught him leadership skills and how to command different battalions and platoons.

It is also what got him his initial assignment as second lieutenant in Korea. He was also put into the 1st cavalry division(first air division) in the Army.

 The majority of Earls military service was outside of the country overseas in foreign nations like Korea, Germany, Burma, and Vietnam. Earl was first stationed in Korea from 1958-1959. To be more specific it was northern South Korea.

What was interesting about this is that this was one year after the Korean War had finished. Tensions were still high between North Korea and their Chinese allies who supported them during and after the war. This is very similar to his situation when he was stationed in Germany from 1961-1964. This is because his service was still relatively close, a decade or two, after the end of WWII .

This means that the situation with the Berlin Wall was still very prevalent and the divide between the allies in west Berlin and the Russians and Germans in east Berlin was a main reason for being stationed The U.S. was still in these locations to “officially” help “non-communist” people recover.

In Korea it was the South Koreans and in Germany it was the West Berliners, but Earl talked about how they were there in a “defensive position” against North Korea and the russians where he “essentially” was never supposed to participate in combat but had multiple close encounters that could have involved him and his platoon. While in Korea, Earl was assigned as platoon leader of the second battle group in the 4th cavalry. The duties that he was given during this assignment was to maintain weapons and vehicles.

All detailed maintenance came back to his platoon. While in Germany Earl was promoted to Captain and was given the responsibility of leading general support which helped direct support companies.

He also made a note of talking about how this was one of the best parts of his career because of all the diversity he saw in the U.S. military in Germany. He worked for a battalion commander that was mexican American and an executive officer that was Japanese. He also said that it was a common theme in the Army to have a multi-racial company can be considered it one of his best and special deployments that the Army can give anyone at the time.

He chuckled when he said he couldn’t agree with this more. This is due to the moral problems that had also been seen throughout the military at that time. Earl talks about how then and even to this day the military had a problem with dividing itself up based on race and made it difficult for young people “to see the best in people” and learn and grow with everyone no matter who they are.

Near the end of his term, Earl decided to extend his active duty as a reserve officer. He then did this in Fort Devens, massachusetts from 1959-1961.

 While in Fort Devens, Earl started to experience the risks and rewards of the military life. This is because this is the place where he met his best friend and future God-Father of my mom, John Batts.

This is also where he met the love of his life and soon to be wife, Carrie. This also meant this is where he had his first and only child, my mother, Sabrina Saunders(later Saunders-Hodge).

Like said before the military life also comes with a lot of risk to these rewards because near the end of 1961, Earl had to return to his service and began serving in Germany, only months after child birth.

Earl recalled nearly sleeping in tears every night having to be away from his wife and daughter. He said “that was the hardest thing I had to do in my service, learning to adjust your life to live in the Army after being prepared to live like a father…it was hard.”

He remembered vividly seeing his daughter much later and she was scared of him because she couldn’t recognize who he was. But it didn’t get any easier from there.

He thought later when he got moved to Burma that it would be a good idea to move his Family with him so he could see them. He said this did help until he later got moved again so after to Vietnam and they had to move again.

So he decided to let them settle in Maryland when he was moved to Fort Meade. When he was done with his overseas duties and was able to stay in the U.S. for the rest of his career, he still couldn’t avoid moving.

He had to then spend 1 year in Michigan at a Fort before he could “retire” a lieutenant colonel from the Army. He was offered by the Army to get his masters degree in Michigan but he declined because he couldn’t be apart from his family that long again so he worked in the automotive business in Baltimore from his connections that he had out of highschool.

Overall, Earl still said that everything he gained and learned from the military was still worth these humps that he had to overcome and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

He says he encourages young people to try ROTC in college and look at service as a very serious option in their life because it will give you what no other job can.

A Special Veterans Day Celebration
For “Pop Pop”

-by- Jaydon LeRoi Hodge
(8th Grade any Boy Scouts)

Date: November 11th 2016
School: Glenwood Middle School, Maryland


A Special SALUTE
To Our Very Own “National Treasure”
“Pop Pop” LTC Eaarl H. Saunders

-by- LeRoy R. Hodge (Son-In-Law)
Date: May 17th 2020

Hanging With Pop Pop

Christmas Day - 2019 - #BLESSED

“Here’s To You – “Pop Pop” LTC Earl H. Saunders”

We Will Always Love You and Cherish Each Memory