Hubby received an odd text message at work and he couldn’t wait to get home to show me and check on it. He thought it was some sort of joke….a horrible joke. After a phone call, we found out that it was NO joke.
When the Man retired, he had a young commander. He was only about 28. A very bright man. I remember his exact words to hubby the night of the retirement party at the unit. He had the utmost respect for my husband. He had such kind things to say and most of all, he truly meant them. He was full of respect. It meant so much to me because in the Army, officers think they know it all and don’t rely on their NCO’s. Usually NCO’s have in much more time and have worked the trenches, but the officers have a degree!! This young man wasn’t like that. He said that he learned what it was like to be a soldier from hubby.
That man lost his life today. He’d been to combat in Iraq. He’s even trained the Iraqi’s to defend themselves. He was a good commander and had recently changed command. But that’s all over now. When we saw him at the retirement party, he was on crutches and his foot was in a cast. He was out of the cast and off crutches trying to rehabilitate that foot and leg. Last night, he was out riding his bicycle when a van hit him. We really don’t know more details than that.
From our understanding, his spine was severed and there was head trauma. He was life flighted to OKC, but was pronounced brain dead. Sometime today, life support was turned off. In many ways, he’ll go on though as he was an organ donor. He left behind a wife that’s a nurse (I believe) and one daughter. It’s so sad to know that a soldier survived combat, only to be killed in an accident and on a bike no less. Hubby plans on going by the unit to drop off some money to donate toward flowers, a card, and whatever else they put together. I’m sure we’ll go to the memorial service if it’s not during the Man’s work day.
Very sad and so hard when it’s someone that you actually know. You know that they’re a good person and deserved a good life. But, God had a plan for this young man. Now his time here as ended and he’s moved on.