Tuesday, June 07, 2005

One medal I'd rather not have

We presented our first Purple Heart the other day. Hopefully it's our last. The impetus for this particular award was for an event I chronicled back in February. (Yes, it takes that long to process the paperwork). As you can see by the pics below, the soldier is fine now. He was pretty banged up by the IED that hit his vehicle, but thankfully he and his crew members are back on the prowl.

I find it amazing to look at this kid and consider what he has been through at such a young age. He barely looks old enough to vote and yet he's taking enemy fire in a combat zone. Just a few short years ago he was probably conemplating what pretty girl he was going to take to prom. Now his only girlfriend is his M4 rifle that is always by his side.

It was a good day for a ceremony. The weather was pleasant and the soldier's brother, who is a contractor in Baghdad, was able to attend. He's a quiet and humble kid and he didn't want to have the ceremony, but we all wanted him to know we were proud of him, and most of all...that everything turned out okay.





7 Comments:

Blogger Nancy said...

Ugh, that is chilling. Thanks for keeping us updated and for reminding us of the human cost of freedom.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Lexie said...

Man, he's young. Nice pictures.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

I'm glad he recovered.

But..

What an embaressing way to get a "forgot to duck" medal.

If we were still standing we got ours in a box.

If we were in a hospital bed we got ours pinned to the pillow.

If we in a bag or box we had ours sent home.

I think I like the old way.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

1:19 PM  
Blogger Maggie45 said...

Thanks, John. How great to have his brother there with him. Thanks again for all you do.

1:33 PM  
Blogger armynurseboy said...

Couldn't agree more. I don't want a badguy bolo badge.....

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Great pics, especially the one with the flag... thanks for sharing.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Junkpoet said...

Nice work still. Read every other day or so just to keep up.

Want to remind everyone that your birthday is June 18th. I'll send you a cake with a "bunch" of candles!

John

7:42 PM  

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