“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” –G.K. Chesterton
Every man and woman who enters into a war zone goes through an internal process of doing exactly what Chesterton mentioned in his quote. It’s this process that changes them forever. It’s the realization that if you don’t prepare for your possible death while overseas, that you will be unable to perform your job with clarity and boldness.
Honor each of the fallen by knowing that they were prepared for the event of their death. It wasn’t unexpected. It wasn’t a moment of regret. It was a duty fulfilled to the best of their ability. They were incredibly brave in that moment, and the people they were most scared for were you having to live without their support – not themselves.
Days, weeks, months, years, and even decades afterward, those left behind are the ones who suffer. Those who gave their lives chose their profession with a very clear and mindful purpose.
Let’s celebrate our heroes knowing that the life-or-death risk they took to serve this great country was one of intention.
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R.I.P. ADC Herbert Preston Bates, Navy
R.I.P. SSgt Andrew Britton-Mihalo, Army
R.I.P. Captain Ryan Iannelli, USMC
R.I.P. 1st Lt Scott Fleming, USMC
R.I.P. MSgt Brett Angus, USMC
R.I.P. SSgt Doug Richardson, USMC
…and so many more