We have the most honorable men in the world serving the United States in combat. What a blessing. Case in point:
During a rally for more than 8,000 Georgia troops, Vice President Dick Cheney administered the re-enlistment oath … to a 24-year-old Army gunner determined to remain in the ranks after losing his left leg last year to a bomb blast in Iraq.
Flanked by risers crowded with his fellow 3rd Infantry Division troops, Cpl. Jerrod Fields of Chicago raised his right hand before Cheney and pledged to serve another four years. The Army approved Fields to remain in his cavalry unit after he passed his physical fitness test with flying colors, including running 2 miles in 14 minutes, 9 seconds with a prosthetic leg.
He reminds me of Carl Brashear. Did anyone see the movie Men of Honor with Cuba Gooding Jr.? That movie told the true story of Carl Brashear, who lost his leg in a Navy diving accident and went on to complete the grueling training required to become a Navy master diver.
“It’s not a sin to be knocked down,” Brashear told the Salt Lake Tribune in 2002. “It’s a sin to stay down.”
Carl Brashear died Tuesday, at age 75 (Broken link, active July 28, 2006). Rest in peace, honored soldier, and brave American.