On Friday, October 30th, just two weeks before rotating home, Private First Class Lukas C. Hopper was killed in a vehicle accident outside of Baghdad, Iraq. Pfc. Hopper was an airborne infantryman in Company D, 1/505th PIR, 3rd Bde, 82nd Airborne. He was from Merced, CA. and is survived by his parents, Robin and Yancy Hopper, and two sisters, Chantal and Celeste.
PFC. Hopper was in the 8th grade when 9/11 hit and it deeply moved him, and was a motivating factor in his enlisting in the Army. A highly motivated paratrooper, Pfc Hopper had volunteered for a unit transfer in order to go with another 82nd unit to Afghanistan after the holidays.
He was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Oversees Service Ribbon, and Parachutist Badge.
Pray for his family and for his fellow paratroopers.
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Once in a while I get e-mails like everyone else, that are so moving that they simply must be forwarded. Today a friend gave me one that I just have to copy and paste here with the accompanying news article.
Ed Freeman was a US Army helicopter pilot who flew under the famous Maj. Bruce Crandall “ancient serpent” at the Battle for LZ X-Ray, in Nov. 1965 at the Ia Drang Valley in Viet Nam. The battle was reported by Joey Galloway who, many years later, collaborated with the commander, Gen. (then LTC) Hal Moore, in writing the famous book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young” that Mel Gibson turned into a box office smash hit.
Here is the e-mail:
You’re a 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.
You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter and you look up to see an unarmed Huey, but it doesn’t seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He’s not Medi-Vac, so it’s not his job, but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He’s coming anyway.
And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out, through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses.
And he kept coming back, 13 more times, and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, at the age of 80, in Boise , ID. May God rest his soul.
Since the media didn’t give him the coverage he deserves, send this to every red-blooded American you know.
Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 21, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, died April 22 near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained in an IED explosion. Cpl. Davis was a member of the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion assigned to the Third Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. This is the third Paratrooper of Third Brigade to die in action since they deployed to Iraq in December of 2008.
Cpl. Davis was on his second deployment to Iraq and served as a senior truck driver, working with the 2/505th Parachute Infantry Battalion.
The Fayetteville Observer quotes LTC Zeisman, CO of the 2/505th:
“Cpl. Davis was an exceptional junior leader who had the experience and knowledge gained from two combat deployments with the battalion over the last two years…” “He was the model paratrooper every commander strived to have in his unit,” Zeisman said. “Physically fit, mentally tough, and well disciplined. This heartfelt loss will be felt by the entire Task Force ‘2 Panther’ family, both near and far, but his legacy will remain, measured by the high caliber of soldiers he fought beside on a daily basis.”
Cpl. Davis has served in the Army since August, 2006 and was with the 2/505th in Iraq in the 2007 deployment.
He is survived by his father Robert Davis of Strongsville, Ohio and his mother, Theresa K. Davis of Garfield Heights, Ohio and siblings Jennifer, Robert and Becky.
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Sunday, January 25th, 2009– In an effort to honor our soldiers fighting to preserve order and defeat Islamofascism in Iraq, I am attempting to post the pictures and information of those who give the ultimate sacrifice. But there are also those who are wounded whom I would also like to honor.
I will not make a new post each time a soldier is wounded, I will update this one. Also, due to privacy concerns I will restrict what information I put on this blog and speak in general terms so that we can pray for these wounded warriors without violating their right to privacy.
1. PFC Bradley was wounded Jan. 11th in the same blast that killed SSGT Bauer. Pfc Bradley is being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, is reported to be in fine spirits and will soon begin rehab. Pray for Pfc Bradley to heal quickly and to continue in high spirits. My son, Luke, went to Airborne School with Pfc Bradley.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Thursday, January 22, 2009– Private First Class Ricky L. Turner, Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Div. died Friday, January 16th, of injuries sustained in an IED blast, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday, and his unit will hold a memorial service in Iraq today.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Parachutist Badge.
He is survived by his wife and stepdaughter, Nyoka and Arissa Turner, of Hazel Green, Ala., his mother, Regina Turner, of Hazel Green, Ala., and his father, James Turner, of Athens, Ala.
Pfc. Turner was a “Sapper” or an elite Combat Engineer with the paratroopers and is the second 3rd Brigade soldier to die in Iraq since they deployed in December.
Please pray for his family and for his comrades in arms.
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Friday, January 16, 2009– SSGT Justin Bauer, 24, of Berthoud, Colo., was killed by an explosion near his patrol Saturday, January 10, the Defense Department said. Bauer was a section sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. His memorial service was held earlier today in Baghdad.
SSGT Bauer joined the Army in 2005 and had already completed two deployments to Iraq. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and parents with two younger brothers.
I mentioned in a post the other day that my son’s unit had a bad day last Sunday, the 11th, and I had to wait for the official press release before I could publish the details.
Take some time today to thank God for our soldiers, pray for the widow and family of SSGT Bauer, pray for the men of the 2/505th and pray for victory in Iraq.
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Update from Sunday, January 25th, 2009–
FALLEN HERO UPDATE
SSG Bauer was laid to rest on January 20, 2009 in Loveland, CO with support from three amazing communities, Loveland, Berthoud, and Longmont. Several key leaders from the Fort Bragg community were in attendance, including the Commander and Command Sergeant Major of the 82nd Airborne Division, MG Scaparrotti and CSM Capel. In attendance were three community fire departments, local and state police departments, as well as, sheriffs, the Patriot Riders, and about 1,500 people. Together, the community showed their support by lining the route with a procession that was nearly three-miles long. Although this passing has brought us great sorrow, it has brought us together as a family, and as a team.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )