Reposted from 2013: The soldiers who serve in our United States Military are the bravest, most giving, honorable, strong, and best men and women I know. The video below is called “So God Made A Soldier” by aspiring Naval Officer Benjamin Morse. It was featured during the 2013 Super Bowl and caught my attention then. This Memorial Day I hope you will watch and listen to the meaningful words of this young soldier.
My own family has many generations of men who served in the military, all of whom I love and am very proud of. My daddy Leroy, husband Roy, uncles and cousins have served. Our oldest son Chad served in the Army from the time he got out of high school until around four years ago, resigning his commission as a Captain.
In 2005, Chad served a tour of duty in Iraq at FOB Iskandariyah with the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard. I feel that the military was greatly responsible for making him the man he is. He acquired and developed leadership and mission management qualities that later transferred to his civilian project management work. Chad has achieved much in his 34 (now 37) years but his military service is something I shall always be extremely proud of him for. While over there he spread the gospel of Christ to the other soldiers and provided Bibles to the Iraqis in their native language.
I’d like to specifically honor today those young men who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, the fallen soldiers from that tour of duty in 2005. The information below come from the Mississippi Rifles web page. I can still remember Chad telling us about each of them when they died.
Freedom Is Not Free
…in memory of our fallen comrades
Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th I,nfantry
Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers
Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry
Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs
Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry