Thursday, November 30, 2006

30 November 2006, This last weekend I explained that the camp was under a gag order and that entails having our Internet and phones shut down until such time that the immediate family of a soldier who has died will be able to be notified without interference from others. Today, we had a ceremony for that soldier.

2 LT Scott Lundell

I did not have the honor of knowing Lt Lundell, although at some point during our training our paths might have crossed. I do consider it an honor, now, to speak of him here. Lt. Lundell joined the Utah National Guard in June 2004. He volunteered with several others from Utah to become part of Task Force Phoenix V as an Embedded Training Team. His job was to help mentor the Afghanistan National Army and he deployed with them downrange. On November 25, he died during an attack by insurgents in Terin Kot, Afghanistan.

For his actions here, he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters and his mother. I saw many of his comrades at the ceremony and it was also my honor to serve as an usher during the ceremony.

2 Timothy 4:7,8

7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8) Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

"The Soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war" - General Douglas MacArthur.

The globe above is a creation of Mimi and is a prayer for peace that she started on November 7. I dedicate this one to the memory of 2LT Lundell for his service to his family, his country and his God.


MrsDub said...

Well Dub, I'll bet you never thought you'd see the day when I was "speechless", but I am. My heart is breaking for the soldier's family and friends. I cannot even fathom the grief they must be enduring. I don't think people realize the danger you are facing and the risks being taken to provide our freedom. Freedom is NOT Free, and this is a harsh example of the sacrifices being made every day. Everyone take the time to appreciate the people in your life and let them know how much you love them. Don't take this life for granted (or the people around you). I love you so much and I wish you were here with us!

P.S. on an unrelated note, we're stuck at home with lots of snow and ice. The sun has finally come out and it's beautiful to see - Grandma Merilyn would be proud that no one has left footprints in the frontyard - can't say the same for the other 4 1/2 acres

Sarge Charlie said...

Hi Sarge

I greave with you, your men, and the family of 2Lt Scott Lundell, any loss of life is a tragedy, but is a fact of war. Your comments about the 2LT are a tribute to him and I commend you on your post. Be safe my friend.

The old sarge

Mimi Lenox said...

SGTDUB....What a moving tribute to this fine soldier. Your blog stirs my soul and makes me grateful for all the freedoms we have and those who have paid the ultimate price for those blessings. Prayers to the family and to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

May Lt. Lundell rest in Peace!
I would like to personaly thank all of U who risk U'r lives so that others may have one!
God Bless All of You! ...and Thanx 4 making a difference!
: )

Reeholio said...

May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with his wife, sons and daughters who will be spending their first Christmas this year without their father/husband. God bless them.

Unknown said...

My condolences. What a tragedy,

RIP Lt Lundell and thank you.

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