Sunday [not so] Funday

Rough run today. I took  a week off to do achy knees and random ‘blah’, and it definitely showed today. If there was ever a time were the thought “hey you should lift weights and crosstrain” slapped me in the face, today was it. Ironically, as much as I complain about the stroller, I *wish* I would have had it today, because my form was absolutely horrible without it. The past few days I feel like I’ve been battling a head cold – pressure, sniffles, headaches… While the run itself was daunting, the weather was perfect and running early in the morning was a welcome change of pace. I was surprised to find everyone still sleeping by the time I got back. 

When the run got particularly hard, either mentally or physically, I glanced down at my list of soldiers and was set back on track. This morning, I ran for the following military members:

Marine Corps Sgt. Nathan P. Hays  // December 14, 1980 – January 9, 2002  

Sgt Hays, 21, of Wilbur, Washington was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which he was the flight mechanic. Though young, Sgt Hays was a dedicated Marine, who would often go back to his small hometown of 1,000 to speak to high school students about the Marine Corps. An Eagle Scout and classic car enthusiast, he played football in high school and was a team captain who won all league honors.  

 Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Stephen L. Bryson // January 8, 1966 – January 9, 2002 

MGySgt Bryson, 36, of Montgomery, Alabama was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which he was the flight engineer. MGySgt Bryson was an only child, born unto a military family, joining the Marine Corps after graduating high school. He is survived by his parents, Deloris and Jimmie, and wife Katrina. 

 Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Scott N. Germosen // December 6, 1964 – January 9, 2002 

S Sgt Germosen, 37, of New York City, New York was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which S Sgt Germosen was a loadmaster. He left behind his best friend and wife, Jennifer and two year old daughter, Alyssa. 

 Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman // April 23, 1970 – January 4, 2002 

SFC Chapman, 31, of San Antonio, Texas was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Washington. Chapman loved to life live on the edge, and was an adventurous child. He joined the Army straight out of high school, and quickly became a decorated soldier, becoming a Ranger, then Green Berets. “You could tell he loved what he was doing because it fit his personality,” his father said.  SFC Chapman is survived by his parents, wife and two children. He was killed on Jan. 4, 2002 in Khost, Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Brian C. Prosser // July 17, 1973 – December 5, 2001 

SSG Prosser, 28, of Frazier Park California was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and two other Special Forces soldiers were killed in a friendly fire bombing on Dec. 5, 2001, when a bomb missed its intended target. From what I am reading, SSG Prosser was an exemplary soldier, and was hell bent on saving the Middle East. While voted the class clown in high school, Prosser was a dedicated soldier that took his job very seriously. He is survived by his wife, Shawna, mother Juliana, and brothers Jarudd, Mike and Reed; and he rests in peace along his father, Brian Sr.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory // June 30, 1969 – December 5, 2001 

SFC Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, Massachusetts was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The first thing I noticed when reading an “in memoriam” page, is that SFC Petithory was incredibly respected, and loved. He and two other Special Forces soldiers were killed in a friendly fire bombing on Dec. 5, 2001, when a bomb missed its intended target. He is survived by his parents, Louis and Barbara, his brother Michael, and sister Nicole.

Army Master Sgt. Jefferson D. Davis // October 22, 1962 – December 5, 2001 

MSG Davis, 39, of Watauga, Tennessee was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and two other Special Forces soldiers were killed in a friendly fire bombing on Dec. 5, 2001, when a bomb missed its intended target. MSG Davis played football at Lees-McRae college, where he also studied nursing. He left behind a wife, daughter, and son. I found the following exceprt online, made by MSG Davis’ son – “”I am jesse william davis son of Msg davis. i am one of the proudest sons on the face of the earth. i am now 17 i was only 10 at the time of my fathers passing. i am honored to see that people like you care about the the men and women in our armed forces. i am honored that you have honors my father and it brings a lot of joy to my heart”

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Sunday [not so] Funday

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