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Friday, February 16, 2007

16 February 2007, Blogger is giving me fits tonight. I am still logging in by way of messages but it decided not to recognize me even then till my 4th attempt at it. Anyway, todays post is late but with merit. I attended another ceremony of a fallen soldier.

SGT Long Nguyen died last weekend while serving with the Oregon National Guard in Mazir-e-Sharif. From the ceremony tonight, I could tell he had touched many lives and although there was sadness at his death, there was laughter at his life. Although I have no plans of having anything happen to me, my wish is that people can laugh at my funeral too. I can think of no better tribute to a person than knowing the joy and laughter they brought into so many lives. Sgt. Nguyen joined the United States Army in 1998 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was born in Vietnam and prior to his death had applied for both U.S. Citizenship and Warrant Officer School. Sgt. Nguyen is survived by his mother, brother and sister. Our prayers go out to his family.

15 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i am so very sorry. for him, for you, for his family, for all who knew him. just tragic. but that said, i still have such pride that he served, that he went, that he tried. thanks for sharing this dub. we need to see the reality from an honest view. bee

Odat said...

wow...sad...Hang in there and thank you once again.
Peace

MrsDub said...

Very nice tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Callie Ann said...

R.I.P. Sgt.Long Nguyen. Your one of the Hero's. Thank you for protecting everyone, everywhere. Good bless and Peace to your Family.

Dixiechick said...

Rest in Peace brave soldier ... Rest in Peace.

AMAZING GRACIE said...

My brother and his family were in Washington DC on vacation and went to visit Arlington. All of a sudden, they could hear an approaching military cadence and everything grew completely quiet and they became a part of a military funeral just by being there. My brother has never been in the service but he has a deep appreciation for all things military. He has a large collection of books on WWII and the Civil War. He and his wife and two sons said it was by far, the most moving event they had ever witnessed. It made an impression on the boys that they will never forget. And this was before Sept. 11th.
May Sgt. Nguyen's life and sacrifice live on in our hearts and may we never forget.
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This being said, I am furious at the idiocy committed by those elected to serve our country and the pseudo, non-binding nonsense that was produced today. It makes my blood boil!

Sarge Charlie said...

I salute your Vietnamese Sargent, the Vietnamese people who immigrated to the United States have become wonderful citizens. They are good people who have earned my respect. My condolences to your Sargent and his family.

Stay safe my friend.

Sanni said...

I will keep SGT Long Nguyen and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Ruth said...

A great tribute to a hero..thank you.

And I TOTALLY agree with what Amazing Gracie said about todays outcome.

Linda said...

Thank you for this post and for giving us some insight into the life our one of our fallen heroes.

I agree with you about hoping that people would be able to laugh at my funeral (or at least afterwards!). I think it speaks volumes of Sgt. Nguyen that people could do that at his. May he rest in peace and be given the rewards that he so richly deserves.

Stay safe, Sgt.

DariDonovan said...

I feel so sick inside everytime I read about another death. I am keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry/

Maryfly said...

how very sad. God bless him. stay safe hon.

Desert Songbird said...

Powerful photo and very touching post, my friend. SGT Nguyen's family will be in my prayers.

Thank you for your continued sacrifice.

Stay safe.

Flag Gazer said...

Thank you for this tribute. Here in Oregon, we are truly saddened by the loss of a son of our state.

Flag Gazer said...

I hope you don't mind - I am referencing you in my tribute to SGT Nguyen.