I couldn’t title this post. There are no words.
I have been subscribed to Badgers Forward for a while. The blog is written by the company commander of an engineering company currently deployed to Iraq.
For the past five days, I have been riveted as information is revealed through his blog and through the blog of one of his Soldiers about the death of three men from his unit.
Never in my life have I read such comprelling writing from two Soldiers.
If February 8, 2007 was the worst day of my life, this was certainly one of if not the most emotionally draining days I have ever had.
One of my Soldiers asked rhetorically, “How do you honor men that were always laughing and smiling? You smile and then you laugh. And that is what we started to do again today.
Tonight, here in Iraq, I am completely spent. The story of that day and the story of the memorial service both need to be told. But right now that will have to be another day.
From TD at Acute Politics (Badger’s Soldier) :
Under a sky streaked blood-red and angry with sunset, I carry my friends belongings from his room. In my head I can already see another sun setting over the memorial to come; the breeze twisting dogtags around a rifle like a devils windchime, and carrying once again the plaintive notes of the bagpipe playing Amazing Grace.
Blogs are real and raw and emotional. And they are powerful.
Maybe that is why the Department of Defense is afraid of them.
Personally, I think we need more officers like Badger and more Soldiers like TD. To you both, thank you. You do your nation proud. Our thoughts are with you as you face these trying days ahead.
RIP SGT Holtom, SGT Clevenger, PFC Werner.