Tuesday, August 3, 2010

American Soldier


The United States is concurrently fighting two of the longest wars in American history, Iraq and Afghanistan, yet it often feels as if that is not really happening. The wars are rarely on the front page and not in the consciousness of the average American. Well, here's a newsflash: American soldiers are still fighting and dying overseas. One of those soldiers is my nephew, Kyle, and here is his story.

For those of you interested in the story of the American infantry, you might pick up the book Grunts, authored by my good friend John McManus, a prolific historian of the American combat experience. McManus is one of the best storytellers I know and a master of archival research and oral history.

3 comments:

marla said...

Thank you Dave for remembering our soldiers. As the proud mother of SPC Pecus I appreciate you bringing his story to your page. I couldn't be more proud of Kyle and what he has chosen to do at this time. I pray for his safe return from his second deployment and for all of our soldiers serving overseas who sacrifice so much so that we may have the freedom we have each day. May they all return to us safely. God Bless them all!

Katie Rose Woodley said...

I am so proud of you Kyle and I love you very much!

J. Nicholas said...

Always remembering--great post.

I do agree, wholeheartedly, people are not aware that we are at war. There is no great sense of concern or urgency--just statistics of "casualties" every few days like some sports score. Again, great post!

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