Tuesday, March 24, 2009

His Star Has Turned From Blue to Gold

Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Illinois, was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan. Sgt. Abeyta and two other soldiers who were with him, Sgt. Robert M. Weinger and Spc. Norman Cain III, were also killed when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an IED.

Sgt. Abeyta ran a military blog from Afghanistan called The Chronicles of Butters! and according to a news story Sgt. Abeyta had kept a journal since he was 11-years old.

The SouthtownStar reports:

"Sgt. Abeyta had survived a year in Iraq and was on his second deployment in eastern Afghanistan, in the region that borders Pakistan, when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device set by the Taliban..."

The SouthtownStar story also shares his passion for writing:

"While deployed, he wrote entries in his ever-present journal, stories on two blogs and letters to his family. His mother held tightly Tuesday to one from November, which she read aloud on her back patio, demanding that his grandmother, Elvira Abeyta, and local veterans gathered around her know the man she raised.

"I know you don't enjoy the path I have chosen for myself but trust me it's so very rewarding," she read. "You know I know it bothers you that I am here. ... but what kind of person would I be, Ma, if I didn't try to make this better.

"OK?" she said at the end. "That's my son."

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family, friends of Sgt. Abeyta and all of America’s fallen and wounded. If you’d like to make donations, according to another SouthownStar story:

"The Abeyta family has requested donations be made to a fund for the family of Spc. Norman Cain III, 22, who died with Abeyta in the same explosion and left behind a wife and two children..."

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Sgt. Abeyta's blog can be read here

16 comments:

Mike Golch said...

SGT.Abeyta,Thank you for serving our country and laying down your life for it.

MightyMom said...

God bless him and his family

Call Me Grandma said...
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Call Me Grandma said...

My prayers go out to the families left behind!
May they rest in peace.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

SGT. Abeyta, you are in the loving hands of your creator. He will take good care of the family that you have left here with us on this earth and we will help to watch after them until you are all together again.
You have blessed our country by standing for your convictions and fighting to hold true our freedom.
It was an honor to read your blog sir and I truly hope that it will be carried on in your name so that we can all check in on your beautiful family that you so loved.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Single and loving it said...

This one was really sad.I read the blog of one of the soldiers who was in the fourth vehicle behind the one hit by the IED. I feel so bad for the families of all the men killed and badly for the soldiers who had to witness their deaths. God bless them all.

Hammer said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Mary Ellen said...

Oh, no. May God be with the family of this amazing young soldier.

AirmanMom said...

mike...thank you for taking the time to stop by!

AirmanMom said...

mm...amen!

AirmanMom said...

grandma...thank you for stopping by.

AirmanMom said...

rg...your words are beautiful!

AirmanMom said...

single...our soldiers must endure so very much...both physically and emotionally!

AirmanMom said...

hammer...I do appreciate your visit.

AirmanMom said...

ME...my reaction was the same as yours. thank you for stopping by!

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