Escort Duty


I'm going to post one more thing today that pertains to Memorial Day.

It's an e-mail that a Senior Manager of Raytheon received from a friend. It's in the first person.


Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant in Dress Blues traveling with a folded flag, but I did not put two and two together. After we'd boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (and was seated across the aisle from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

"No sir," he responded.


"Heading out?" I asked.


"No. I'm escorting a Marine home."

"Going to pick him up?"



"No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I am taking him home to his family."


The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family, and felt as if he did know them after so many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, "Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do."


Upon landing in Chicago, the pilot stopped short of the gate, and made the following announcement over the intercom. "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door, so as to allow Sergeant Steeley to de-plane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."


Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize two things: I am proud to be an American, and I will continue to fly on American Airlines, because it respects what our soldiers do every day. So here's a public thank-you to our military for doing what they do, so we can live the way we do.

Again, I want to thank the men and women in our Military for doing what they do.


May God Bless you, every one.

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Corporal Jason L. Dunham Memorial Website...



May 28, 2006

Who Cares if A Soldier Dies?

Take a man and put him alone,
Put him twelve thousand miles from home.

Empty his heart of all but blood,
Make him live in sand, in mud.

This is the life I have to live,
This the soul to God I give.

You have your parties and drink your beer,
While young men are dying over here.

Plant your signs on the White House lawn;
"Lets get out of Iraq".

Use your signs and have your fun,
Then refuse to use a gun.

There's nothing else for you to do,
Then I'm supposed to die for you?

There is one thing that you should know;
And that's where I think you should go!

I'm already here and it's too late.
I've traded all my love for all this hate.

I'll hate you till the day I die.
You made me hear my buddy cry.

I saw his leg and his blood shed,
Then I heard them say, "This one's dead".

It was a large price for him to pay,
To let you live another day.

He had the guts to fight and die,
To keep the freedom you live by.

By his dying, your life he buys,
But who cares if a Soldier dies?

I found this at the website of a Marine who is stationed in Iraq,
I don't know who wrote it but it also asks that those in the Military who care, add their name to the list.

In honor of those who died, I will post the names of those who already signed it, and I would ask that you also leave your "signature" (It doesn't have to be your real name) in the comments.


Those who already signed:

TSgt Neal Therrien, USAF
Cpl Mankin
LCpl Garcia
LCpl Newman, Jessica Lee
LCpl Montes
Cpl Kennick
SPC Pierce
SGT Headley
SPC Mott
SGT Duke
SPC McKinney, Douglas
A1C Williams, Crystal
PFC Lewis, Marcus
SGT Wright, Carter
PV2 Gray,Brandon
SrA Villarreal
SrA Viles, Kristina
SSgt Evans, Martin
SrA Evans, Meghan
SrA McCoy, Scott A...
SrA DiBenedetto, Austin P.
Proud Navy Wife - Robblee
Posting in honor of my boyfriend, Pvt. Sykora
Proud Army Wife-- SPC McCosh
Gisela Lanning *Proud Army Wife* ~~~ Sgt. Lanning
Christy Weintraub *Proud Army Wife* ~~~~Spc. Weintraub
Sgt. Chavira
A1C Villa aka LTK
A1C "Boots"
S.T.B Army Wife- PFC Stanton
SPC Beerbower, James
CDT Short, Carrie
CDT Nonella
PFC Swick
SPC Morris
Sgt Rios
Sgt Chillis
SPC Segura
PV2 Chamberland
PFC Noyes
SPC Pike - 2/87th INF
SPC Castillo, Daniel - 2/1 Infantry 172nd (SBCT).
SPC Strickland, Blake 2/1/ INF.
CPL Hiller, Jonathon A 52nd INF
SFC Bench, Christopher A 52nd Infantry 172nd (SBCT)
SPC Eck, Jeffrey A co 52nd IN (AT) 172nd SBCT
SGT Priest, jason A 52nd IN (AT) 172nd SBCT
SGT Graham, Clifford
SSG Davis.......Prior Service
SGT Olliff---- Afg
SGT Heberling, Chris, Army, Afghanistan
SPC Cordell, Brian, ARMY, Afghanistan bitches
SPC George
PFC Bernard
PFC Spiker
SPC Quimby-ARMY, Ansbach, Germany
SGT Johnson Meghan, Iraq
SGT STOUT, Jason-Iraq
SGT Heard, Andria-Ft. Hood. TX
My husband CPL Robbie Light, Ft. Hood, TX (KIA 5/1/06 Iraq)R.I.P.
A1C Mark Mears/ Afghanistan
Cpl Young, George O-- III MEF, 3rd MRB, ELMACO-Okinawa Japan 2846/USMC
Cpl Nathan Cole Cosby.... OKINAWA
MastaGunz morin okinawa IIIMEF
Lcpl. Silvia- TQ, Iraq, USMC
Cpl Frawley Iraq, USMC


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