The soldiers who serve in our United States Military are the bravest, most giving, honorable, strong, and best men and women I know. Not that we need any other reason to honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, but Congress has given us one anyway. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill created the National Moment of Remembrance to be observed every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time. It’s one minute we should all take to pay tribute to those who have given their lives to protect and defend our nation.
I’d like to specifically honor today the young men who gave their lives in the Iraq war in 2005 at FOB Iskandariyah with the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th. The information below comes from the Mississippi Rifles web page. Our oldest son served with these men and I can still remember the grief we felt when he told us about each of them when they died.
Freedom Is Not Free
…in memory of our fallen comrades
Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers
Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry
Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs
Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry