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May 30, 2012

The deaths roll in like thunder and lightning

We first started this blog as a spiritual exercise, because we saw so many sites on the Internet about the deaths of soldiers and the Police and Firefighters....and everyone mentioned them but no one prayed for them. So...we wanted a site that would promote prayer for these poor souls who have died so much before their time. 

We pray that God takes all who are mentioned here into Heaven. Amen

Every death mentioned here
is as shocking as lightning
But.....there are so many deaths now, particularly of soldiers. These deaths roll in like thunder and lightning. Every posting is as shocking as lightning. 

Every time we look at the face of one of these deceased men or women, we are proud of their service.  But we are ashamed of war.  We are ashamed of the human condition. We are ashamed that this still happens in the 21st century. 

Father, do not abandon your world.
Do not forget us. 
God help us to change. We need change so badly. We need a reality check. We need to get with the program of world-wide justice, world-wide co-operation and the realization that we all the sons and daughters of one Father. 

Jesus, Mary and all saints and all angels pray to the Father, for peace and resolution in this world. It is the only world we have. We have to make it work. Amen

Pray without ceasing, unto God, for peace. Amen.

If we forget you, Father, please do not you forget us. Amen.

Julian Chase

Sgt. Julian C. Chase, age 22, of Edgewater, Maryland, died on May 28, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Julian graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington. He joined the Marine Corps in September of 2008. 

His service awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. 
Light a candle for Julian.
Light his way to Heaven.

Military officials describe him as a great example of a sergeant of Marines and a mentor to all who knew him. They stated that he will be greatly missed. 

Family members stated that Julian wanted to be a soldier, even as a child. 

Friends of Julian said that they are devastated and shaken by his death. He is described as a nice kid, strong, polite, humble and friendly. 

Julian is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his mother, Bell Clement.

Let us pray that Julian Chase is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Steven Sutton

Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton, age 24, of Leesburg, Georgia, died on May 26, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He died from a roadside bomb explosion.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Steven was 6 feet, 7 inches tall and is described by friends as their gentle giant. 
Emil Kapaun, on your way
to Sainthood, pray for
Steven

Steven graduated from Lee County High School in 2007. 

High school officials describe Steven as a regular kid, who liked to joke around and have fun, but he was also competitive and focused. 

Friends describe him as having a calm demeanor and a kind heart. 

Family members describe Steven as their American hero. 

Steven is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his wife and step-daughter.

Let us pray that Steven Sutton is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jeremy Bitner - Law Enforcement - Colorado

Police Officer Jeremy Bitner, age 39, died in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, in Englewood, Colorado. 

Jeremy was a member of the Englewood Police Department. He had 8 years of service in law enforcement.

He was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop at the intersection of South Broadway Street and East Belleview Avenue at approximately 12:05 am. During the initial stop he had the driver exit the vehicles. As the two stood in the roadway next to the car, a drunk driver sideswiped Officer Bitner's patrol car and then struck him and the other driver, throwing them both approximately 50 feet. A witness to the collision called 911 and followed the drunk driver as he fled the scene in his vehicle. Officers from the Littleton Police Department arrested him several minutes after the crash due to the witness' actions.
Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jeremy and for
his children, who have
lost their father.

Officer Bitner and the citizen who were struck were both transported to Swedish Medical Center in critical condition. Officer Bitner succumbed to his injuries approximately 11 hours later.

Jeremy was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in Bosnia. He had served with the Englewood Police Department for 7-1/2 years and had previously served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for six months. 

Police officials stated that Jeremy was a fine young man and was well loved by everyone in the Department. He had previously received two department medals for bravery. He was often the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. He was a family man who loved his kids. 

Jeremy is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and two children, ages 9 and 7.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Jeremy Bitner is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

John Pratt

Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt, age 51, of Springfield, Virginia, died on May 28, 2012, of wounds sustained when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. 

Pray for John
He was assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany.

John is survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Let us pray that John Pratt is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

John R. "Jay" Brainard

Capt. John R. Brainard III, age 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, died on May 28, 2012, of wounds sustained when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany.

He was known as "Jay" to his friends. 

Jesus, pray for Jay
John grew up in the Newport area and graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 2004. He went on to attend the University of Maine on a scholarship and enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in military science.

Friends describe him as a Christian man, accomplished, well-spoken and determined. He is also described as gentle and caring. John had decided in high school that he wanted to be in the military. 

John is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his parents John Brainard and Susie Phelps; and his wife Emily. 

Let us pray that John Brainard is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Tofiga Tautolo

Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo, age 23, of Wilmington, California, died on May 27, 2012, in Bati Kot, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

Tofiga was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Father, place Tofiga
on the stairway to Heaven
He was on his fourth combat deployment. As a Marine, he had served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He joined the Army in May of 2011. 

His awards include a NATO medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and campaign medals from both Afghanistan, where he had served in 2009 and had been serving since March, and Iraq, where he twice served in 2008.

Tofiga is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Let us pray that Tofiga Tautolo is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

May 28, 2012

Syrian Dictator...at it again

On May 25, 2012, approximately 108 people were killed in the Houla region of Syria by Government Forces or by thugs hired by the Government of Syria.

Bashar Al-Assad and
his wife shopping
in Europe on money
stolen from their people.
Survivors of the massacre said that regime forces entered their homes and killed their families. Many of those killed were children, who were slain by close-range gunfire or knife attacks. 

The people who carried out these attacks are believed to be "Alawites", who are members of an obscure Islamic sect that governs Syria. The Syrian Dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, is an Alawite. His Alawite militia is called the "Shabbiha". Most of the victims of these attacks were Shia Muslims. The Alawites don't like Shias and they kill them.

Child victims of Syrian Massacre
in Houla, on May 25, 2012

One man said "I have three children. I lost three children." 

There is nothing like religion, of whatever kind, to warm your heart. You can be killed by people of a different religion because of basic theological differences or you can be killed by members of your own faith because of sectarian differences. Or you can be killed by members of your own faith who are dictators and who are greedy, power hungry sons of bitches. 
Could you kill me?  Yes, if you
live in Syria. 

Who could look a 5 year old girl in the face and then kill her? Apparently, Syrians can. 

At least 10,000 people have died since protests against the Assad regime broke out in March of 2011. 

God help us all. Jesus, Mary and all saints and all angels pray for us. Amen.

American Military Deaths and European Military Deaths - the Difference

There is a difference in the reporting in the media of the deaths of soldiers who are Europeans and those who are Americans. 

Often within hours of the death of a soldier from a European country, there is a huge amount of media coverage. Updated photos of the deceased are provided, as well as personal biographies, comments from the family and loved ones, and comments from Military commanders and comrades. Everything is very open, even in a time of extreme grief and suffering.

This is what we should be doing...
When American soldiers are killed in the line of duty, there are often comments made on the Internet to the effect that "the family wants to be left alone in their time of grief". Sometimes photographs are never provided or are out of date and grainy. 

Seldom are comments made by American Military officials who knew the deceased man or woman. They remain silent, as if speaking of the poor soul who died was an invasion of privacy.
This is what we really do...

Obviously, the handling of grief is different in diverse cultures and Americans handle grief more privately than do Europeans. 

However, everyone who is killed in these wars deserves a presence outside of their family circle and outside of those that knew them personally.

Who were they?
Otherwise...these deaths become statistics and names on a death roster. They have no image. They have no history. It is almost as if their deaths are hushed up for those outside of their families and friends.

We can never end war and reinforce the consequences of war, unless we shove directly into the face of society - the name, the photograph and the history of every man or woman killed in the line of military duty. They are human beings. They have souls. They are not numbers on a list. 

In the Vietnam era, and before the establishment of the Internet, 58,000 American men and women died and no one outside of their family and friends knew what they even looked like, unless you lived in their home town. No one knows who they were. They are names listed on a granite wall. 

God help us. Amen.

Eric Warren

Hospitalman Eric D. Warren, age 23, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died on May 26, 2012, of wounds received in action due to an improvised explosive device blast in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Gabriel, Archangel, pray for
Eric
Eric was a graduate of McLoud High School in 2008 where he was active in wrestling and drama. He joined the military soon after graduation. He was serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

He was known as "Doc" to his military comrades. 

Friends stated that Eric was greatly respected by his military comrades and that he performed his duties with honor, dignity and pride. 

Friends and family members describe him as caring, supportive of his friends and always smiling. 

Eric is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his parents, Donna and adoptive Dad Marvin Warren Jr., his birth father, William Burris and his wife Patti; his sister, Paris; and brothers Chance Houston and Torn Burris. 

Let us pray that Eric Warren is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Vilmar Galarza Hernandez

Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, age 21, of Salinas, California, died on May 26, 2012, in Zharay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Vilmar graduated in 2008 from Everett Alvarez High School and joined the Army in August 2009. He reported to Fort Benning, GA., for Initial Army Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for MOS 11B (Infantryman). He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in January 2010, and upon arrival Spc. Galarza Hernandez was assigned to 4-23 Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April. 
Angels of God, pray for Vilmar

Military officials describe Vilmar as a model soldier and stated that he was a rock who all could depend on.

His wife stated: "I love you and wherever you are, watch over me and your family. We love you!"

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Vilmar is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Pedro and Gregoria Galarza; sister, Rubi; brother, Marvin; and his wife, Margarita Contreras-Galarza.

Let us pray that Vilmar Galarza Hernandez is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Stephen Healey

British soldier Cpt. Stephen James Healey, age 29, of Cardiff, Wales, died on May 26, 2012, in the Nahr-e Saraj region of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when his armoured vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device.

Stephen was a member of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He attended Swansea University, where he studied for a sports science degree, and then joined the Army in 2007. He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers) in 2008.

Military officials describe him as a brilliant officer and a truly outstanding individual. They also stated that he was one of the most charismatic and professional leaders any of them had the privilege of serving with.

Angels of God, pray for Stephen
Family members stated that Stephen was all you could wish for in a son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed by us all. He managed to do more in his 30 years than most people do in a lifetime.

Stephen is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, John; mother, Kerry; brother, Simon; and his girlfriend, Thea.

Let us pray that Stephen Healey is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen. 

Keaton Coffey

Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey, age 22, of Boring, Oregon, died on May 24, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 1st Marine Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. 

This was his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Light a candle for Keaton.
Light his way to Heaven.
Keaton graduated from Damascus Christian School in 2007 and briefly attended George Fox University before joining the Marines.

High school officials stated that Keaton was polite, respectful, kind and well-liked.

Friends describe him as putting himself out for others. 

Keaton was scheduled to be married in July. He had future plans of becoming a firefighter like his father. 

Keaton is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Grant and Inger Coffey; and his fiancee, Brittany Dygert.

Let us pray that Keaton Coffey is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Amanda Anna - Law Enforcement - New York State

Trooper Amanda Anna, age 31, of Liverpool, New York, died on May 26, 2012, in New York State.

Amanda was a member of the New York State Police in Hastings, New York. She had 6 years of service. 

On May 25, 2012, at approximately 11:25 pm, her Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle went out of control on a rain slicked highway curve and overturned several times after striking a guardrail. Trooper Anna was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at about 5:25 am the following morning.

Amanda grew up in Fair Haven, New York. She attended Hannibal High School, where she was a basketball star. She graduated in 2003 from Houghton College with a degree in education. Subsequently, she attended State University College at Oswego for further educational studies.

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Amanda and for Ethan who
has lost his mother
Her former husband, Deputy Jonathan Anna, stated that Amanda knew everyone and everyone in Fair Haven knew Amanda; She was very talkative, friendly and very good with people. Her community was important to her, and she worked hard at everything she did, which helped her succeed. He also stated that she was a great mom to their son. 

Friends stated that Amanda was competitive and hard working and that she was always willing to give you a hug. 

Amanda is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her mother and step-father, Florence and Frank Wallace; her 4 year old son, Ethan Charles Anna; two step-brothers, Vernon and Craig Wallace; her former husband, Deputy Jonathan Anna; and her fiance, State Trooper Andrew Lodge. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Amanda Anna is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Cale Miller

Pfc. Cale C. Miller, age 23, of Overland Park, Kansas, died on May 24, 2012, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. 

Cale, a 2007 graduate of Olathe Northwest High School, attended the University of Kansas and Baker University. 

Raphael, Archangel, pray for Cale
Cale joined the Army in February of 2011 and trained as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to Lewis-McChord last summer and was deployed to Afghanistan in April of 2012. This was his first tour of duty overseas. 

Friends stated that Cale always put others first and that he liked to make others smile. Others describe him as a hard worker and a tremendous young man. 

Family members stated that they are very proud of Cale's contribution to his country and that he is greatly loved. They stated that he died doing what he wanted to do.

They also issued this statement: "As he did throughout his life, his final act on this earth was selfless, and his sacrifice prevented the deaths of several of his battle buddies. Cale was a hero in everyday life, always putting others before himself, including giving his life so that others may live. He was also a warrior on the battlefield, and his loss is felt sharply by his fellow soldiers."

Cale is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Deborah Collins; and his sister.

Let us pray that Cale Miller is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

May 25, 2012

Ryan Wilson

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson, age 26, of Shasta, California, died on May 20, 2012, of complications associated with a medical condition in Manama, Bahrain.

Ryan was assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters in Bahrain. He was an intelligence specialist.

Ryan graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California, in 2004. He joined the Navy in 2004 and reported to the Naval Forces Central Command in August of 2011. 

In March of 2012, Ryan was named as the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2012 fiscal year. 

Ryan was recognized by the Navy for the exemplary performance of his duties, his enthusiastic leadership and his professionalism. 
Angels of God, pray for Ryan

Ryan was part of a group of sailors who met and spoke with American studies students from the University of Bahrain in an effort to increase cultural understanding. He also volunteered to tutor elementary schoolchildren at the Department of Defense Dependents School in Bahrain. 

Ryan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Tracie and James Wilson. 

It is particularly tragic when young men and women die of illness when they are in their 20's. They barely had a chance to live. God give them justice and peace in the next world. 

Let us pray that Ryan Wilson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Violet Nelson - Winnipeg, Canada

Violet Nelson, age 35, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, died on May 23, 2012. 

She was cycling at 11:00 a.m., in Central Winnipeg, when she collided with a vehicle and the collision forced her into the path of a semi-trailer.

Violet was well known in the Core Area of Winnipeg as being a social activist. She was the Chairperson of the Native Women’s Transition Centre, which is an agency aimed at helping Aboriginal women. 

At the time of the fatal accident, she was cycling to the grand opening for a facility in the West End for aboriginal women getting out of jail. She was scheduled to speak at the event. 

Father, lead Violet to
Heaven.
Violet was employed at a local art gallery as the finance manager. Previously, Violet had worked for years on a new halfway house for former female inmates. Violet was an avid volunteer from the time she was in grade school at Faraday School in the North End, where she also routinely stuck up for her brother when he got picked on. As a teen, she spent nine months as a Katimavik youth volunteer in Quebec. Later, when she was on staff at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, she founded the aboriginal Girl Guides, recruiting and training the leaders and designing the curriculum for a program that quickly spread into several low-income neighbourhoods. It was through the Guides that she offered bike riding and safety lessons, and organized a bike-a-thon.

Family members stated that she was a very passionate woman. She'd come into the room and she'd light up the room. She knew how to get people doing things.

Friends stated that Violet had a heart of gold and was passionate about helping to make a difference in society. 

Violet is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her mother, also named Violet Nelson; and her two children - an 11-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

Pray for all who tragically die in traffic accidents. They are with us one minute and gone the next.  God help us. 

Let us pray that Violet Nelson is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen. 

Travis Morgado

2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, age 25, of San Jose, California, died on May 23, 2012, in Zharay, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. 

Travis graduated from the University of Washington with a civil engineering degree. 

Jesus, pray for Travis
Travis joined the Army in November of 2010, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 2011. He was sent to Afghanistan on March 20, 2012. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Family members describe him as awesome and stated that Travis wanted to contribute in some way. 

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Travis is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Andrea Velasquez Kessler; father, Joe Morgado; and brothers, Eric and Carlos Morgado; and 3 step-siblings. 

Let us pray that Travis Morgado is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

May 23, 2012

School is out...In Afghanistan

Gassed girls in the hospital - May, 2012
120 girls and 3 teachers at an Afghan School in Takhar Province, Afghanistan, were attending classes a few days ago, when many of them fell ill. 

Supposedly, an unidentified toxic powder had been released into the classrooms to contaminate the air.

The female students were hospitalized after complaining of nausea, headaches and dizziness. Many girls were left unconscious.  A similar poison attack took place last month, when 150 schoolgirls were poisoned in Takhar province after drinking contaminated water. 

We can't go to school - we will be poisoned
Afghan police and education officials blame the attack on conservative radicals and Taliban insurgents who oppose the education of women and girls.

550 schools have been closed down by insurgents in provinces with a strong Taliban presence.

This is too bizarre and off the wall to be comprehended by any one who lives in the 21st century.

Apparently, the Taliban want their women to be kept barefoot and pregnant. They also want their women to be kept as dumb as a bag of hammers. By doing so, they prevent women from questioning their husbands, their sons, and their government on their archaic and out of scope actions. 

Apparently, in Aghanistan, silence and ignorance are golden. 

If anyone wonders why there is a NATO military presence in this dirt pile of a country and why our brave, young men die there...this is the reason....to try to establish peace, justice and reason in a country that lives in the 13th century. 

God help our troops who go there. Amen

God help the women of Afghanistan. Amen

Arronn Fields

Spc. Arronn D. Fields, age 27, of Terre Haute, Indiana, died on May 21, 2012, in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades.

He was assigned to the 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Arronn Fields was a graduate of Northview High School in Brazil, Indiana. He also attended Ivy Technical College. He enlisted in the National Guard in 2006 and deployed to Afghanistan in early 2012. He had previously served a one year tour of duty in Iraq in 2010. 

Light a candle for Arronn.
Light his way to Heaven.
Family members stated that he always wanted to be a soldier and to make the military his career. It was also stated that he was a soft-spoken man who loved fishing and hunting and working on cars. They describe Arronn as their hero. 

Friends stated that he was patriotic and a man of faith. 

Arronn is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Jackie Pilkin; stepfather, Bill Pilkin; and two siblings. 

Let us pray that Arronn Fields is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Tobias Alexander

2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, age 30, of Lawton, Oklahoma, died on May 20, 2012, in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Toby graduated from Elgin High School and Cameron University. 

Friends describe him as one of the hardest working men on post, professional and dedicated to his country.  He is also described as knowledgeable and a "go to" guy when you wanted to know something. 

Father, place Toby on the
stairway to Heaven
This was his second tour to Afghanistan.  He had plans for a long term military career. 

Toby is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and three children. 

Let us pray that Tobias Alexander is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jesse Ozbat

Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, age 28, of, Prince George, Virginia, died on May 20, 2012, in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 

Angels of God, pray for Jesse
Jesse was a 2006 graduate of Virginia State University, where he received an officer's commission through the Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.  He had a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

This was his second deployment. He had earlier been sent overseas for 15 months in 2009.  He had been in Afghanistan for about a month.

Jesse is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife.

Let us pray that Jesse Ozbat is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.




Samuel Watts

Spc. Samuel T. Watts, age 20, of Wheaton, Illinois, died on May 19, 2012, in Bethesda, Maryland, of wounds sustained on April 25, 2012, in Zharay, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. 

Saint Jude and Saint Simon, pray for Sam
Samuel was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He graduated from Wheaton North High School in 2010.  He enlisted in July of 2010, completed Airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia, and joined the 1-508th PIR in November of 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Parachutist Badge.

High school officials stated that Sam talked about joining the Army ever since he was a freshman in high school, and that he wanted to help others, and often did that at the school.

Military officials stated that Sam was a man that you wanted on your team and that he was a fighter to the end.

Sam is survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Let us pray that Samuel Watts is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

May 21, 2012

The Unhelpful Christians....

Today, as I was posting my last blog entry, I received an angry email, stating that the information I had posted about a particular man, was inaccurate.
Jesus, save us from the hypocrites.

It was stated in this email "He is not from Riviera Beach!!!" And the picture is not him!!!

The information posted to this blog is compiled from the information that is available on the internet at the time of posting. 

Yes...you are correct, he was not from Riviera Beach, he was from another City, but this information was not available to us at the time of posting. 

The picture of this man, at an earlier age presumably, was posted to the Internet by your local TV station. It is him at a younger age, according to recent internet resources. 

Instead of being angry, why aren't you helpful? If you have information about this deceased man, why don't you provide it?   If you knew that he wasn't from Riviera Beach, why didn't you tell us where he was from? If you had a proper updated photo, why didn't you provide it? The current photo of this man is too small for publication.

Often people in our society, including many Christians of all denominations, are unhelpful and unloving. They weep and wail at Christian churches, kneeling and praying for salvation and justice, and yet strike out against all others, and are unlike Christ in every way. They lack real spirituality and human compassion and even common courtesy. 

Christians often cast the "first stone" against others, including their own brethren. So many Christians are hypocrites.  God help us. 

If you have any information about any poor soul mentioned here, that you want to share or correct, contact this blog site.  

Pray for the repose of the souls of all who are mentioned here. Amen

We don't want the Police...until the Shit hits the Fan

I was watching a TV news documentary yesterday, about a home invasion that occurred in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2009. 

A female off-duty police officer (age 27) and her boyfriend, a firefighter (age 29) were leaving a family gathering at about 1:00 a.m. when they were confronted by a 16 year old boy and a 24 year old man who forced the couple back into the house at gunpoint, looking to perform a robbery.
Pray for Gina Stallis and for her
sons, who have lost their mother.

The home invaders terrorized the family - shot the fireman, shot the police officer, and killed Nurse Gina Stallis, age 34.

Two other women were present in the house and 2 young boys.  This entire family was terrorized by strangers. 

The home invaders were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. 

As I was watching this TV program, I kept thinking....No one wants the police to be in their lives until all hell breaks loose and then we pray to God for their presence and their help. 

Every day, the Police put their lives on the line.  They put themselves in the line of fire to maintain some sort of order in this world.  Without them, who would you call upon to help you? 

Saint Michael, pray for the Police, that
they are there for us, and that they
are kept safe. 
During this home invasion, one woman managed to escape and ran banging on doors on this street and no one would help, even though some of these neighbors were up and awake at that time of night. One woman came to the door but refused to let this obviously traumatized woman into her house to use the telephone to call the Police. 

Evil exists in this world.  That two young men felt that they were entitled to steal another person's property and shoot or kill them in the process, is a sign that evil exists. 

That people were so afraid to answer their doorbell to aid someone is also a sign of another sort of evil which is the evil of being dispassionate and uninvolved. 

Ask God for mercy in this world. 

Petition Saint Michael, the Archangel, who is a Prince in Heaven and the Patron Saint of the Police, for his prayers to God for the safety of our Officers.

Pray for Gina Stallis, that she is in heaven and that she is with God. Amen.

Pray for her children, who have lost their mother.  Amen.