Sunday, February 24, 2008


The 2nd/ 23rd INF, 4th BDE Tomahawks, lost a couple of sons during operations in Iraq.

Following is the Department of Defense listing, and pictures.

I borrowed the pictures from a page that I will promote later in this post, in hopes that all who read this will visit, and support with well wishes and kind words..

Words can't express my sorrow for the individuals listed below.

Or how proud I am of them, and the rest of the 4th brigade.

Please join me in expressing our gratitude to their families.

I'm sure they are in a special place, with no pain, sorrow, or stress.

God bless and keep their souls.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 17 in Diyala Province, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their dismounted patrol using small arms fire. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Killed were:

Spc. Luke S. Runyan, 21, of Spring Grove, Pa.

Spc. Chad D. Groepper, 21, of Kingsley, Iowa.

For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147.

And now for something a lot more fun.

I found a "Myspace" page developed by the wife of a soldier assigned to the 2/23 inf 4th bde. and dedicated to the soldiers and their wives.
Tarina has opened their page to me, as a parent, and I'm sure will welcome all who support our cause.
Please join me in supporting them and us by visiting,


Soon I will add a link in the one per centers section of my side bar.

Thank you Tarina, and all the ladies,(wives, mothers,) who make this a wonderful page.

While I'm at it, a close friend of Matt's, since his arrival at Ft. Lewis, SPC Keith Lee,

lost his father last week to a sudden illness.
I have communicated with Keith on a few occasions. He is a bright and dedicated individual and a delight to chat with.
Please join me in offering condolences, and on a happier note, wishing him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, tomorrow.
Click on Keith to message him a happy B-Day.
All my best Keith, one step, one day at a time, you'll be home soon.


  1. well, I've never been on myspace I'm officially a myspace moron.

    I tried to leave keith a comment..signed myself up...then was told I'm not his "friend" whatever that, tell him happy birthday for me kay dad?

  2. Whew...let's get them all home now, shall we? What do you say? Silly question, I know. But this nonsense has gone on long enough -- talking about the political crap that led to where things are now. Enough!

  3. Another day and another terrible tragedy times two. These guys are all so young. It's just heartbreaking.

  4. MM I forgot to say, you can send a message to people on Myspace, but to comment you have to request to be added.

    Nigel, you won't find an argument on that subject here...
    That's exactly why I'll be voting Democrat this election.
    While I don't believe in the cut and run policy, a well planned exit strategy would be a refreshing change.
    We've got a tentative date for Matt to be out, but you never know with the Army..

    Dad sat there and bawled my eyes out while posting that..
    A real tough guy I am..
    Seen anything in the news about this yet?
    Didn't think so....

  5. Dad, you know I'm just a big sap right?

    Well, your comment on my Honor post made me cry.....see, in my heart, it was Matt and Mark whose hands I was shaking. It was the best I could do.

  6. Ms,I didn't mean to make you cry.
    I think of all soldiers and Marines as I do of my son. I guess it's a common bond kind of thing.
    When anyone shows kindness and gratitude toward any soldier, I consider it a gesture toward all.
    I've had times when I couldn't shake a hand and say thank you because it was to emotional for me.
    When I say I am proud of all our service men and women, I mean it. I feel like they are all sons and daughters, and that all who support them are heros as well.
    When you think of Matt, and Mark, and the others, smile.. They'd want it that way.
    Matt has told me that if he had known the stress and fear he would cause his mom and I he would not have joined the Army.
    I told him we would'nt want him to not do anything because of us.
    Our worry is just a parent thing.

  7. It breaks my heart everytime another DOD release comes across my desk letting me know another service member has lost their life. My heart aches.

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  8. Dayngr,
    I know what you mean.
    It feels like family here.
    Thanks for stopping bye.