Wednesday, June 21, 2006

American Heroes

Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, left, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Oregon were captured, tortured and murdered by al Qaida in Iraq.

Yesterday I received this note from my daughter Carolynne whose son Johnny is in the Army 82nd Airborne.

Would you please keep these boys and their families in your prayers. I know Tommy's parents and my heart is broken for them. He was in the 101st Airborne. All the radio stations here are going to have a moment of silence tomorrow at 8:00 am.
Love, Carolynne

Dear Carolynne,
How horrible for their families. Please send me anything you know about Tommy. I will write a tribute to him, and will pray with you at 8AM tomorrow.
Love, Dad

We prayed and so did many PalosVerdesBlog readers. Some responses:

Bill, Thank you for this, from the bottom of my broken heart.... Haya

Evidently your grandson and daughter knew our killed, brutalized soldiers. I too, will remember at 8AM tomorrow..... Marie

My heart also is broken for these families. I cannot imagine enduring such tragic and barbaric information without faith. We will be praying for them..... Bob and Joan

So very sad.... I said a prayer and will keep praying.... Kathryn

Now this brings it closer to home, doesn’t it? My heart was very sad when they first went missing last week…knowing those horrible terrorists’ ways. Yesterday I first heard about finding the bodies and I cringed. I thank God for our military who selflessly give of their time and lives to guard our land and way of life. It’s getting more and more difficult for me to remain in control when dealing with some of the liberal ideas I face everyday. Keep looking up!... Dori

Oh Billy, this is so sad . If you think this is appropriate and would like to include this poem in the tribute, please do; it's my favorite..... Marianne

Who thinks we'll never meet again?
When even here . . .
Mere catepillars spin and die,
Yet fly again as butterflies.

So surely yet we'll meet and then,
Anew in heaven's sphere . . .
On wings of memory you and I,
We'll fly . . . and fly and fly.

From my dear daughter today:

Dad, Thank you for your prayers. I cried like a baby this morning... I know it's terribly selfish, but I couldn't help thinking that this could happen to Johnny.

Tommy joined the Army National Guard last summer. He is in the 101st Airborne.
His mom Meg and I teased about which was better (101st or 82nd). He went to Iraq in February.

He was a really good kid, into sports and worked hard. He did construction work for awhile and decided to join the Army. He wanted to do his part. His mom was worried about him and he told her not to worry and that he just needed to do his share and he would be okay!

Tommy is the 1st soldier from central Oregon to be killed in Iraq.

In an interview this morning on the Today show his dad Wes, had this to say...

Our son, as far as we’re concerned, has died for the freedom of everybody in the United States.

American hero.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad, What a wonderful tribute!
Thank you!

Marianne, the poem is beautiful.


4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Bill, for taking the time to honor these men. At every reading of their story, my heart aches and tears fill my eyes.

Anyone who is inclined, I ask you to pray to God for His mercy for our fighting forces.


9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very touching Bill. I will keep the family's in my prayers. You are so right,I shudder to think what these young men went through and the brave words of the father Wes made me cry!


12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so hard to maintain our daily life without screaming for revenge....let's hope that the Iraqi military will grow,improve and take over to defend their own people,so we can have our boys come home.
Take care,

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent this on to some friends.. The Buchholz’s are SJF. Dick was in the WWII Mountain brigade & his stories are also incredible. Knew they would appreciate all our concern. Also to my Class President Ron Johnson who was Vietnam Colonel. Now retired in Colorado. Also sent to my son Alec, WP. 1985 who’s now w Deere in the Quad cities. Hope that was ok, but I did it as only they feel from e-mails as I do re this horrific act.. I mentioned the names in case they write you.


1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These American Heroes and their families have been and will continue to be in my prayers. I get so irritated at the liberals and their media who do so much to egg on the terrorists and their dastardly deeds. They should all be charged with aiding and abetting Al Qaida.

Keep up the good blog work.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear, dear Billy..

This is SO very sad!! Is Johnny your grandson? Even if he isn't, may God bring peace to the Middle-East before he or any other innocent young people have to give up their lives to a cause that may go the way of Vietnam in the end.. senseless! The one recent development that does give any hope that the RIGHT war is being waged is the discovery and take-out of al-Zarqawi.. and that's as it should be.

Bring the youngsters home and station them where they belong.. in our own harbours, along our borders, in our airports, terminals, subways, etc. to allow them to do the job they're there for: protecting our countries!

What difficult times we live in, Billy.. and I apologize if my beliefs don't quite mesh with your own, but I truly believe that if we're going to successfully defend our continent, then we need to start cleaning up at home first by feeding and housing our hungry and poor, seeking out the corrupt underworld to put an end to porno and guns in the hands of children, pay our teachers and provide proper education to our children.. oh boy, could get right up on my soapbox on this subject, honey.

But I'm deviating from the purpose of this reply.. and that's to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at a time when this war is hitting so very close to home. Meeting up with you again, and feeling blessed with the knowledge that you've been a silent friend for a long time, brings it closer to home for me too, Billy.. and I pray for all active-duty soldiers and their families during these days of uncertainties; and I pray for our countries and their leaders too.

Thank you for sharing, honey.. and God bless!


1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is truly disgusting for you to suggest that "liberals" are somehow complicit in these soldiers' deaths. You should be ashamed of yourself.

9:40 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home