Hero Stories for September 2008

My Hero, CW5 Sharon T Swartworth.

I picked Sharon’s bracelet for two main reasons. She was one of very few CW5s in the US Army, even fewer of them being female. She had once sat in an office at the Pentagon,  on the side of the building destroyed by terrorists.  (Her office had not been relocated back to that side of the building due to renovations.) I had stopped wearing a wristwatch years ago because of the work I do and was tired of bruising or cutting my wrist when it would get caught on equipment or wiring while I was wo...

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My Hero, Payton Levenhagen

Right now, I'm smiling fondly at a photo of my son, Payton, when he was 3-yrs-old.  Back then, he viewed his father as the hero. His father, the brave firefighter, that always had time to take Payton hunting or fishing.  Never put himself before the needs of little Payton.  Taught by example.  Showed Payton strength and a  fatherly love that never-ends, a love that is only understood between a father and son.   An understanding, a bond, a support system, a friendship, an 'I would go to war fo...

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My Hero, Lance Corporal AJ Coblentz.

Our hero doesn’t call home often and he writes us even less.  We may go months without hearing his voice and then when he calls, we may only have a minute and then he’s got to get back to work or the phone connection is lost.  He usually doesn’t remember our birthdays or if he does remember, it’s usually late, long after our celebration is over.  He doesn’t pay attention to what’s happening in the news and for the most part, he doesn’t really care, unless it’s about someone he loves. He works...

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My Hero is my husband Cpl. Nathan Russell.

My Hero is my husband Cpl. Nathan Russell. He's a Marine, and I'm so proud of him. He's already served two tours in Iraq, and he'll be deploying again sometime soon. We have a baby boy on the way and I know Nathan will be the best dad ever! I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful, brave, caring, loving man. He's my Hero, and I know he'll be our son's Hero, too! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to share about the ones we love. -Emily Russell<

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My Hero, 1st LT. Travis L. Manion.

Travis Joseph Lemma Manion was born November 19th, 1980 in Camp Lejeune, NC. Being the son of a Marine father, Travis and his family moved often during his first 10 years until settling in 1990 in Doylestown, PA. where he attended Linden elementary school, Holicong middle school, and then La Salle College high school in Wyndmore, PA. In 1999, Travis graduated from La Salle College High School where he lettered in wrestling, football and lacrosse and was a member of five Catholic League Champi...

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About Gold Star Mothers.

In May 1918 President Wilson approved the suggestion of the Women's Committee of National Defenses. It recommended that American women should wear a black band on the upper left arm, adorned with a gold star. Each star representing a family member who had given his or her life for their country. This was suggested in lieu of conventional mourning attire. The "star" tradition began in WW I when white Service Flags were displayed from homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the us...

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In memory of Ed Freeman. Medal of Honor winner.

You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and ...

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In memory of Spc. Michael L. Gonzalez

Specialist Gonzalez 20 of Spotswood NJ will remembered by all as the kid whom always had a smile and kind demeanor. I wasn't a close friend by any means but when anyone spoke to Mike it sure felt like you were. Mike was a hard worker and a respectible person. He knew what his goals were in life and what he needed to do to achieve them. I'll miss you Mike, and so will anyone else that knew you. I thank you for your sacrifice to myself, your comrades, and to America. Matthew M. Schumac

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For a friend in the Olympics.

Let me start by telling you that I think this whole program is amazing. I am looking to buy one for a friend of mine who is going to the Olympics. He has been fortunate enough to meet some of our heroes who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and was very inspired by their attitude and willingness to lay it all on the line to defend our country. Thanks and please keep up the good work. Brian Facch

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Our Thoughts and Prayers.

I just have to tell you I met the cousin of the hero I have had on my wrist!  I choose the name of a local fallen hero and two women killed in Iraq. One from the National Guard and a woman from Puerto Rico.  I wear two at a time. I live on the western edge of Washington state.  I post a list of those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in our area and drive several hours to get them up all over our community.  I call it In Our Thoughts and Prayers.  I change the list when I get new folks serving....

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