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Friday, August 04, 2006

SPC Joshua Ford

This Article, the second one by our embedded reporter, pretty much sums up how I feel right about now. I'm slated to go home for my 15 days sometime in September. The soldiers that are quoted are a New Jersey unit that is attached to us. They are pretty unique bunch, the first one quoted, SGT D, has the thickest Bronx accent you can imagine, and he has a bunch of "sayings". For example: Am I beautiful or what, baby? You know you love me baby! Who's better than me, tough guy? I could go on all day, but again, this is one of those things that you probably have to be there for.

Another Nebraska Soldier died in Iraq this week (see stories at WOWT and Omaha.com). SPC Joshua Ford was from Pender Nebraska and was assigned to a transportation company, which means that most likely he was out on the roads all of the time. He is the 4th Nebraska Guardsman to die in Iraq and the 41st soldier from Nebraska and Western Iowa to die in the war on terror. His dad says in the article that while he was home on leave both he and Joshua discussed the feeling they both had that he might not come home. Obviously pretty tough on a family. Every death over is tough to take, but our fellow Nebraska Guardsmen hit pretty close to home. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers this weekend.

4 comments:

Brian said...

Sorry to hear of the lose of your fellow Gaurdsman. I can't imagine what they are going through and will be in my prayers along with the rest of you. His father can at least stand proud that his son was a hero and served his nation well.
I bet you & the family are excited for your state side leave coming up. Then you're on the down slope to come home right?

Stay smart, stay safe.

B

Anonymous said...

Stay strong, you are all in my prayers.


Jeff

Jessica Matson (Ford) said...

I am the oldest sis of SGT. Joshua Ford. He and my husband both are members of the 189th and were roomates/battle buddies. I want to thank you for keeping our family in your prayers. I Pray for your safe return as well as all our soldiers and marines. Even though I don't know you, I am proud of the service you are giving to your country. Take care and God bless you

Sack said...

Jessica,
I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that there are lots and lots of people praying for you and your family, both here and at home. I did not know your brother personally, but as a fellow soldier am deeply moved by his sacrifice. God bless.