One thing about getting to be my age – You start seeing the children of friends, family, and acquaintances reaching the age of eligibility for military service.
Listed below are the names of four young men entering the Marine Corps and one entering the Navy. All of them are fine young men of high ideals, abilities, and prospects without a hint of sadistic motive within them, who have decided for one reason or another to enter military service at this difficult time in our history. A couple of them I’ve known since they were little children; one of them before he was even born. It feels like yesterday. I have three sons of my own, the oldest being 10, and this is very sobering for me…
I can tell you that they all come from wonderful, faith-filled families. You couldn’t even say that there was anything in particular in their upbringing that would point them in this direction. In a couple of cases, I would have even guessed the opposite.
Whether a reader here is opposed to the war or supportive of it, whether one is a pacifist or a pragmatist, I hope you will join me in praying for their safe return home, their ability to stay true to their ideals and consciences, and for their loving families as they endure their absence.
Pfc. Frederick K...., Jr.- Will be deployed to Anbar Province, Iraq on February 5, 2007
Pfc. Conor S... – Awaiting deployment to Iraq
2nd Lieutentant Michael G.... - Graduate, NROTC Virginia Tech – Awaiting deployment to Iraq.
Lawrence S...., Jr – Sophomore, NROTC University of Notre Dame
Ensign Thomas H.... – Graduate, NROTC M.I.T. – Deployed to Persian Gulf on January 21, 2007
Semper Fidelis and Godspeed...