I thought that this post would be important to reblog today. Andrew was a true hero, who gave his life in the service of his country. It is important that we remember him, and all who gave their tomorrow for our today.
To his name, I’d also add two close friends of mine, AT2 Gary Nesbitt, and AW3 Jim Piepkorn, Both lost too soon.
And also, as so many today, Capt Carrol LeFon, Neptunus Lex.
I was blessed to know all of them, and I will keep their names and memories with me for as long as I live. God Bless all who have fallen, and may God’s angels comfort their families and friends.
Originally posted on AW1 Tim's Blog:
Private First Class Andrew R. Small, B co, 1/32 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division.
Andrew was a friend of my son, and lived up the road in Wiscasset, Maine. He was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006, and his death was mourned through the area. Almost every store, business, church, school, had a message on their fronts, and hundreds lined the streets to view his funeral procession. His was a life of laughter, mischief, and love, not only with his family, but with his friends. They have started a memorial page on FaceBook, which you can see here.
19 years old. A small town kid. Many in this nation wonder where we are headed, and despair of our future when they read of the problems facing our youth. If Andrew was any sort of representation of America’s youth, then I’d say the nation will be in good hands. My son joined the Army in part as a tribute to his friend, to help finish the work that Andrew was a part of. I think that that is as good a reason as any for serving. It shows the respect others had for this young man.