Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday Hero 02/11/2009

This Weeks Post Was Suggested And Written By Brat

Sgt. Patrick Tanish
Sgt. Patrick Tainsh
33 years old from Oceanside, California
Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
February 11, 2004
U.S. Army

Five years ago today, Sgt. Patrick Tainsh sacrificed all as the mounted unit he
was part of was hit by an IED in Baghdad. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze and Sliver Stars saving the lives of his commanding officer and other soldiers before succumbing to his own wounds. Also killed in the attack was Pfc. William C. Ramirez from Portland, Oregon.

On Veteran’s Day, 2007, Deborah Tainsh, Sgt. Tainsh's mother, attended a school in Columbia, Georgia, and shared a story she had written called "A Boy Named Patrick."

Here is part of the story :

…a little boy named Patrick who loved football, beaches, surfing, and
skateboarding, and especially reading. Patrick watched his dad be a Marine for
over twenty years. During this time Patrick kept reading not only surfing and
skateboarding magazines, but history books, too. One day when Patrick was a man, he told his dad and best friend, “I want to do something that will make a
difference in the world, I’m going to be a soldier.” And so he did. And in 1999
he went to Fort Knox, Kentucky for boot camp and then went to Fort Polk,
Louisiana where he worked and trained hard to become a United States Army
Cavalry Scout. Then in 2003 Patrick had to say good bye to his mom and dad
because he had to go fight a war in Iraq to protect his country, friends, and
family from terrorists and to help fight for the freedoms of the boys and girls
in that country where they and their families were treated very badly by their
country’s leader. Patrick once wrote a letter to his mom and dad telling them
that he cried for the children because they were hungry and he didn’t have food
to give them. He said he couldn’t understand how a country’s leader could treat
the people so badly and make them live in such dirty conditions with trash and
wild dogs everywhere. And so Patrick's mom and dad keep a photo in their living
room of Patrick surrounded by Iraqi children.

You can read the story in it's entirety here.

Sgt Tainsh came to the military later than some, but rose through the ranks fast. In his last letter to his parents, Sgt Tainsh shared his thoughts about his mission. And in 2006, Sgt. Tainsh's mother wrote a book called Heart Of A Hawk about her son's life and her and her husband's struggles since their son was killed.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Denise said...

Oh those stories just tug at your heart.. I have two son's and their ages put them right between the wars... I was so thankful that neither of them chose the military but then I read these stories and I cry....... Yes, we should grieve for them, yet rejoice that they lived....
Thank you for writing these stories.....

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing your time and efforts in remembering and honoring so many. By the way, I LOVE your new blog look. It is awesome!

Julie said...

Oh. Lump in my throat, as usual. Thanks for posting this....

AirmanMom said... is so very difficult when our sons and daughters choose the military as their path. How blessed our nation is to know so many heroes!
Thank you for stopping by!

AirmanMom said...

lisa...thank you for your kind words. So glad you like the new look!

AirmanMom said... is so good to have you back in the blogosphere again! Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

janice_phil said...

wow!!! this is such a great blog...i am loving it...have a bless day!!..

AirmanMom said...

janice_phil...your support is deeply appreciated!

Mary said...


Sgt. Patrick Tainsh was most definitely a hero. May God bless him in eternity and comfort his family.

Thanks again for recognizing these heroes.


AirmanMom said...


Call Me Grandma said...

Well done good and faithful servant. Now enter into the kingdom and receive your royal crown of victory. Thank You Sgt. Patrick Tainsh for your scarifice.
My prayers go out to his family.

AirmanMom said...

grandma...thank you for leaving us with these beautiful words.

Alice said...

These post hit even closer to home with a nephew in the military. Thanks for not letting these heroes ever be forgotten.

AirmanMom said...

alice...when a loved one is serving our country, it opens our eyes to the entirety of this conflict!