Warriors Past and Present, Serving and Laid To Rest

As of this writing, as far as I know, these are the most recent American casualties in the war on terror:

On January 16th, Spc. Henry Mayfield Jr., 23, from the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, was one of three Americans killed in an attack on a base in Kenya. The other two Americans were defense contractors. A top U.S. Africa Command general stated that they died “demonstrating ‘incredible heroism and courage’ ” in fighting off the attack by al-Shabab fighters.

According to Military Times in a related article,  “this marks the first time U.S. military personnel have been killed in [Kenya].”

One of those contractors was Dustin Harrison:
“An Arizona man contracted to fly aircraft for the U.S. military was among those killed Sunday when Somali militants attacked a base in Kenya … Dustin Harrison’s wife, Hope, told Tucson’s KOLD News 13 that she and their daughter were flying to an unnamed Air Force base to receive his body. ‘My silent hero,’ Hope Harrison wrote in a Facebook post … ‘My world is completely a nightmare at the moment. My worst fear is now my reality. The pain is unbearable. Please keep myself and our family in your prayers,’ she wrote on Facebook.”

Thank you, Aurora, Illinois, for honor and remembrance for an American warrior:
23 Jan 2020
The Beacon-News, Aurora, Ill. | By Steve Lord
Aurora has set a public memorial for U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Villalon, an East Aurora High School graduate who was killed in action earlier this month in Afghanistan.”

Chuck Norris, himself a veteran with an extensive family history of military service to America, had some thoughtful comments on several aspects of Veterans’ Day and military service in 2019 that bear repeating:

“Nov 18 2019 As we close the books on Veterans Day 2019, I cannot help but search for a message that will resonate from this national holiday — a day where we honor and show appreciation for all who have served in the United States military in safeguarding America. For me, Veterans Day is a reminder of how proud I am to have served in the U.S. Air Force; of my father, who fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge; of my brother Aaron, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. I think of our brother Wieland, who served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in Vietnam, and I think of his heroism as he walked point alone and drew enemy fire so that others in his platoon might be spared.

The National Guard is protecting America’s freedom in another way: I was not aware that 27 states had done this during the 2018 mid-terms. I’m very glad to know this:
Nat’l Guard to prevent hacking on election dayOn election night 2020, dozens of states will have members of their National Guard cyber teams ready and waiting to deal with attacks on their voting systems.

This site provides a thorough look at the number of veterans in the US Congress, with branch of service and other details about their political backgrounds.

On Nov. 20, 2018, this encouraging statement came from the site: “ next year’s Congress [the current Congress] will boast the largest number of female veterans in history (six) and the largest class of freshmen veteran lawmakers in a decade (19). Nearly half of the veterans caucus served in the ranks after 2000, while four members still boast service from the 1950s.

And a look back at twelve service members who were killed in combat as far back as Vietnam. We will not forget. Note that of those commenting on warriors they remember on Memorial Day, nine of those contributing are prior military themselves. Every one of them is continuing to serve America either in government directly as a Senator or Congressman, or in a government administration position:

May God give peace and rest to those who fell in the service of their country.

May God make us worthy of their sacrifice.

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