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centermass556centermass556 Senior MemberPosts: 3,534 Senior Member
CPL Carlos Gonzalez gave his life 16 March 2006 in Tikrit Iraq when he was struck by a rocket. Carlos was a great guy, almost always had a smile and enjoyed life. He was born in 1983, raised in Middletown, NY, and had the Army in his future. He did JROTC his entire time in high school. He joined the Army in 2004, and came to Ft Campbell in 2005. He was recently married and had a daughter.  He was a quick learner and would do what ever it took to get the job done. He was the Soldier that ever one wished they had in their squad and platoon. He never let his buddies or his leadership down. It was no small wonder that he was tapped to work a special project with the MI folks. Carlos was always a leader and will always be missed.

1SG Peter McKenna gave his life for his men 7 August 2015 when there was a ground attack at his base. He died running towards the sound of the guns. To his friends he went by Drew, short for his middle name. He was born 4 April 1980 and was raised in Bristol, RI. I would tease him about having to double as a Soldier and State Rep since RI was so small. Drew always had a smile to flash and had a very easy way about him. He was an Infantry dude turn Commo guy when he went SF. Drew was very confident and inspired confidence around him. He was one of the few 18E I knew that was a Team Daddy, those jobs are usually held by the 18Bs. He had volunteered for that deployment, and was selected to be the 1SG of the SOJTF. And, in true Drew fashion, he was not going to let his men be danger when the sound of the guns came. I was told by another friend that was there, he didnt even stop to get his kit. he went full on to the fight, as soon as the first explosion happened, to stop the wave from coming through the gate.

MSG Joshua Wheeler. I didn't know Josh very well, but I knew he was the epitome of what a shadow warrior was. He was the quiet professional that every assaulter should try to be. From his start in the Army he was operating in the top tier units, with a start in ranger regiment as a young Soldier. He was a humble man, and had an easiness about him...Even though without a smile he looked liked he was going to kill someone. He makes Jason Borne look like a punk. You should see some of the citations for his awards. 11 Bronze Stars, 4 for Valor. He was loved by everyone in the community and loved by everyone that knew him. Josh died 22 October 2015. He was the first casualty of the ISIS fight. Josh gave his life covering the exfil of his team. The mission was to rescue ISIS hostages, and the intel was bad, things went wrong. But, in the end, his actions saved 80 lives.

The world was a better place because of these men. And, their leaving has left a hole. If you have a chance this weekend, raise a toast to them so that will live forever.
"To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,292 Senior Member
    edited May 2018 #2
    We are the land of the free because of the brave.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,028 Senior Member
    Done, dude. Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    They're in my thoughts this afternoon.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,572 Senior Member
    Thanks for sharing.  They are remembered 
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    I dont drink, but be it coffee or lemonade, I will raise a glass 

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,916 Senior Member
    My family will take the time to raise a glass in their memory along with all those who gave it all...
    May the rest in honored peace....
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    As a history buff I usually read this heroic stories in books and online articles such as those published by thehistorynet, but there are quite a few events that probably would never be published unless someone who was there shares his experiences; thanks for taking your time to write about them.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,622 Senior Member
    I rarely hear these types of stories from Vets, mostly the fun stuff they did or the ones with happier non-terminal endings, such is the load combat Vets carry with them after the fighting is over, remembering the fallen is the least we can do.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    Good stories about men that stepped up and did what had to be done. I'll be raising a toast to them all after the moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. today.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    edited May 2018 #12
    May they RIP and their sacrifices never be forgotten!

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,086 Senior Member
    May they rest in honored peace
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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