Walker Military Adventures
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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I well remember 9/11 and shall never forget it. Watching those buildings burn and then collapse is permanently carved into my memory. My youngest son was in middle school then, today he is a paratrooper in Iraq. I rejoiced when the Special Forces led the Northern Alliance into a stunning victory over the Taliban. I rejoiced again when the bombs began dropping in Iraq and the American forces drove into Baghdad. Justice was being served.
I supported Pres. Bush and even SecDef Rumsfeld and defended them against the vicious attacks of liberals I came in contact with. But I began to have some doubts about the chosen strategy very soon. The Battle of Tora Bora in Dec. ’01 did not have enough troops on the ground to cover the exits into Pakistan and Bin Laden escaped. In March of ’02 the Battle in the Shahikot Valley similarly showed signs that we simply did not have the forces on the ground to effectively seal off all the exits. We did not have the indirect fire support needed and relied almost exclusively on air power…always a mistake.
In Iraq, things went south before we even invaded when Turkey denied access for the 4th Infantry Division to enter Iraq from the north. Consequently, when we won the battle for Iraq and Baghdad fell, we did not have enough troops on the ground to maintain good order. Dismissing all of the Baath Party and the army set the stage for a power vacuum and the ensuing sectarian civil war. That was a disaster that should have been predicted. Muslims acting like muslims, imagine that.
Now, several years later, as our troops are pulling out of Iraqi cities and violence is expected to rise, is rising, and in Afghanistan we are needing to double the size of our force or risk losing the war after 8 long years, I have reached the conclusion that both wars are lost. Keep in mind I am pro-military, and an Army veteran, and my son is currently in Iraq and wants to go to A-stan.
In the early days of the war I remember Rumsfeld talking about keeping our “footprint” small in both A-stan and Iraq. But I remember back in Gulf War I General Powell using terms like, “Overwhelming force”.
I am turning against the war because we never fought it to actually win. Bush did not go far enough and Obama will lead us into a retreat. We will end up exiting both countries by declaring a win or draw and then watch, like we did in 1975 as North Vietnam ate South Vietnam, as the two muslim countries decline into chaos once again. This does not mean I am an anti-war protester. I fully support the troops and wish them victory. I want to win, but just have no faith in the civilian leadership to do what it takes. For the soldiers then, fight hard, fight well. I will pray for you and praise your valor. Our job as soldiers is to do and die, the politicians make the big decisions.
I believe the entire premise of the strategy of the war was false. That is far different than the standard liberal puke of, “Bush lied, troops died” referring to the weapons of mass destruction that were “never” found. The libtards were all wrong on that as Bush was relying on intel from Clinton’s people and there was a stockpile of chemical weapons.
The wrong premise was not about whether we should go in, I was in favor of that. The wrong premise was how hard to hit them first, and what to do with them afterward. To think that you could go into a muslim country with no history of democracy, with sectarianism that is inherent in Islam and tribalism in A-stan that is centuries old, and, with a “small footprint” establish a pro-western government that would resist radical islam was foolish at best. Show me any time in history where that has worked!
What works is what we did to Germany and Japan in WW2, THE LAST WAR WE ACTUALLY WON. We bombed their cities into rubble, killed off about 10% of the population, utterly destroyed their military and industry, forcibly changed their basis of government, and even deeply affected their religions. We changed their entire culture. We weren’t nice about it and didn’t give a hoot about how large our footprint was.
We are losing Iraq and A-stan because we failed to bomb the crap out of their countries sending them back to the stone age they deserve. We did not decimate their population and actually sought to preserve their bassackward culture and religion.
Another reason we will lose in Afghanistan is because it is a landlocked country with nothing but other muslim countries surrounding it. To resupply our troops we must fly over Pakistan or some of the former Soviet stan-countries whose loyalties lie more with Putin now than with us. We have one overland route that goes through Pakistan and suffers multiple ambushes along the way. Pakistan is itself a nuclear nation that is in danger of failing and falling to the al queda types. One nightmare scenario is if the northern route through former Soviet land is closed, and Pakistan goes crazy and we have to extract our Army overland. We should never have put troops into A-stan, we should simply have bombed them into the stone age.
The entire concept of compassionate conservatism joined with nation building and a smaller, leaner military is a losing proposition. Bush went into Gulf War II and A-stan with 1/2 the military his father had for Gulf War I (thank you Pres. Clinton for reducing our military so greatly).
For future reference, if a country, or a terror group based in a country, gives us problems on the scale of 9/11, we should look back to Rome and how they handled Carthage. In the third Punic War, 149-146 BC, Rome finally invaded Carthage, killed off most of the population, sold the rest into slavery, burned the city, and sowed the land with salt. End of Carthage.
In our post-modern day of self-loathing, apologizing for all of America’s alleged wrongs, etc. we must disabuse ourselves of the notion that we can be nice with terrorist states and change them into pro-western democracies. It sounds noble but only wastes American soldiers’ lives and depletes the treasury. If we must invade again, bomb them into rubble, go in with OVERWHELMING POWER, decimate the population, change their culture and religion, and make a new country out of them. Colonization even.
In conclusion, ignoring the bad guys like Bill Clinton did, does not and will not work. Not finishing the job like George HW Bush did, does not and will not work. Going in with a small footprint and trying to establish a democracy like President George W Bush did, does not work. Apologizing for America and making nice with every dictator like Obama is doing, will be disastrous. Going in with everything you’ve got an smashing the place to rubble like Grant, Sherman, Patton, Eisenhower and MacArthur did…and Scipio…THAT WORKS.
I absolutely know that people will be offended by what I have written. How can a Christian call for total war? I believe in good and evil, and while sometimes it is difficult to know who is who, there are times (American Civil War, WW2, our response to 9/11) when it is crystal clear. During those times I think we must practice some Old Testament faith. There is a reason 1 Samuel 15:33 is one of my favorite verses, it deals with the real world “And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.” Evil must be dealt with, and at times in a most brutal fashion. War is not for the faint of heart.
I fear that we will not learn. I fully expect our troops to leave Iraq by next year, and Iraq to descend into hell. I also expect our efforts in A-stan to be redoubled, only to eventually pull out and watch A-stan fail as well. And the thousands of American Soldiers, Marines, SAilers and Airmen who died, will have died well, doing what their country asked, but once again, in a losing cause because of politicians who do not understand war.
Ralph Peters seems to take a position similar to mine here:
Sgt. Justin J. Duffy, 31, of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne, was killed in action by an IED in Baghdad on Tuesday, June 2nd. Four other soldiers were injured in the blast: LTC Michael Shinners, Spec. 4 Ryan Higgins, Pfc. Adam Rosenbaum and Pfc. Alan Davidson. All four are in stable condition.
Sgt. Duffy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Kearney, joined the Army in June 2007 and served as a truck commander. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Janet Duffy of Cozad, Nebraska, and two sisters.
Please pray for his family and his fellow soldiers. A memorial service will be held in Iraq on Sunday.
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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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Luke at the Swords of Sadaam in Baghdad, March 2009
Pray for our soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course I want you to pray for our son, Luke, and the paratroopers of the 2/505th! They are working hard, always in danger yet loving what they are doing.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
A brave Iraqi civilian felt he could trust LTC Zeisman and the troopers of the famous 2/505th and gave them information about a cleverly concealed munitions cache in eastern Baghdad on Thursday. This tip led to a raid by the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Brigade of the 2nd National Police Division in cooperation with our paratroopers and the recovery of a sizeable amount of ammunition going from 60mm mortar shells to 120 mm and Katyusha rockets and RPGs.
It is the trust and respect that the American soldiers have earned with the civilian population that is the real source of change in Iraq. Your sons, brothers, husbands and fathers in the 2/505th are doing the right things the right way and bringing peace and stability to the citizens of Baghdad.
Company B of the 2/505th, commanded by Major Greg Sakimura, was the line company involved in the operation.
Thank the Lord for his continued blessings of safety for our ‘troopers and for the success of this operation.
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Monday, February 16, 2009– Pfc Luke Walker arrived home on R&R from Iraq this past week, and is enjoying catching up with friends and family and just resting.
The trip home took a bit longer than we expected, about 3 and 1/2 days. One interesting thing about the trip home was a brief layover in Leipzig, Germany. Luke did not realize it, but 64 years ago his grandfather was involved in the Battle for Leipzig in WW2, so two Walkers have now been to Leipzig in uniform!
Luke’s unit, 2/505th, is doing good work in Iraq, keeping the peace, detaining a few bad guys once in a while, and generally speaking helping out the Iraqis. One of their biggest successes so far was assisting the Iraqi Police in the recent elections. There were no serious incidents in the 2/505th’s area!
Luke’s daily routine is pretty busy, leaving little time for anything but work. He has to keep his MRAP in top shape and be ready for a mission 24×7. When not driving or maintaining his vehicle, he has a variety of details to attend to and he has to hit the gym and work out to stay in top shape as a paratrooper.
Here at home he has been able to do a bit of shopping, hanging out, watching movies, go to church, and eat some home cooking. this last Saturday we did a big cookout for big brother Jeremy’s B-Day, so we had some sirloin steak, burgers, sausages and hawt dawgs.
Luke’s morale seems pretty good and he has stated that he enjoys his work when they go on a mission. Luke has always been an action oriented guy.
Here are some pics from Iraq and Kuwait:
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009– The 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in and around Baghdad participated in securing the city for the important elections on Saturday, January 31. Members of the famous 2/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment assisted in the operation and the elections went forward without any violence. Mission accomplished!
Your brave soldiers have once again contributed to the safety of the Iraqi people as they make rapid advances towards a working democratic government.
Although the turnout was lighter than anticipated, and some confusion existed, and there were some charges of dirty tricks amongst the various political parties (sound like our elections!) this was an important step for Iraq and leads us closer to the time when we can take our Army out of Iraq.
Send a big Thank You to the paratroopers of the 2/505th!
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Friday, December 26, 2008– Elements of the 3rd Bde, 82nd Airborne Division (Fort Bragg) arrived in Baghdad earlier this week to begin their tour of duty in Iraq. Pfc. Luke Walker, an infantryman from Fort Worth, TX., is assigned to the 2/505 PIR, and is glad the waiting is over and the mission is on.
“This place is disgustingly filthy,” he said when asked about Baghdad. His part of the city is fairly well beat up and impoverished with open sewers running in the streets. “When we go on a mission, the muck we drive through is sewage” he said.
Luke called home for Christmas and was looking forward to a Christmas dinner at some point yesterday, though he had a mission to go on. Luke’s job as an infantryman includes escort duties for VIP’s and supplies, mortar duty at the base, guard duty, and the occasional direct action mission.
Luke says that the chow is pretty good, but the living conditions are a bit crowded temporarily. The unit they are relieving should be moving elswhere soon, he hopes. Morale remains high but he and some of his buddies have a cold they have been sharing. A new environment, filthy conditions with a lot of dust combined with crowded living conditions and long hours will tend to produce some respiratory ailments until everyone gets acclimated to the new environment.
Due to his unit’s movement schedule he has not yet been sent a Christmas package from home. That is being put together now. But after discussing it with Luke, some of the things he is going to receive include a small, individual water purifier, some special weapons’ cleaning equipment and some garlic tablets/vitamins to help fight the cold.
Pray for the 2/505th to do well in their mission as well as for their safety. Pray for Luke and his buddies in the Mortar Platoon to get well and be safe. And pray for Luke’s spiritual well being, that he would trust in the Lord and follow Jesus in challenging circumstances.
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Saturday, December 7, 2008–Private First Class Luke Walker of Fort Worth departed Fort Bragg, N.C., with elements of 3rd Bde. 82nd Airborne Division, Thursday and arrived in Kuwait Friday night, December 6. The Fayetteville Observer newspaper states that they will move on to Baghdad, Iraq soon.
PFC Walker is an airborne infantryman serving in a mortar platoon as a Humvee driver and ammo handler.
Luke said the weather in Kuwait was nice and the food in the chow hall was very good.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
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