Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wednesday Hero 05/06/2009

1st Lt. Michael A. Cerrone
1st Lt. Michael A. Cerrone
24 years old from Clarksville, Tennessee
2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
November 12, 2006
U.S. Army

Cerrone's men said in written statements of remembrance that he put their safety and welfare first. He lead from the front and all of the paratroopers would "unquestionably" follow him into battle.

His platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Ronald H. Berryhill, said Cerrone was more than a leader, but a friend and "little brother."

He remembers the first day Cerrone got to the unit. At the time, he was shy and quiet. But after a few months, he became more outspoken.

"I am truly blessed to have known him and to serve under his leadership," Berryhill wrote. "He will never be forgotten. I will carry him with me always and I will always watch over his platoon. We will make him proud of his boys."

Sgt. Cerrone was killed when a suicide bomber detonated the bomb he had strapped to himself in Samarra, Iraq. Also killed in the attack was Specialist Harry "Buck" Winkler. You can read more at BLACKFIVE.

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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Call Me Grandma said...

Thank God for men such as
1st Lt.Michael Cerrone.

AirmanMom said...


Single and loving it said...

I'm so thankful that you do your Wednesday's Hero blog. What a beautiful way to keep the memory of those brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price alive.

God bless all our soldiers and their families.

coffeypot said...

God speed, men! The Marines may be grading Heaven's Gates, but the Airborne are patrolling the golden streets (to make sure no Taliban infiltrates paradise.)

A few prayers have been sent on their behalf and their families.

Mary Ellen said...

My heart goes out to the family of this soldier, and all of the families who also sacrifice so much. God keep our soldiers safe and their families strong.

Sarge Charlie said...

so many, so young, so sad.
Thank God That Such People Lived

Julie said...

Just checking in and getting caught up on blog reading....

God speed, soldier.

AirmanMom said...

single...these heroes must never be forgotten!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...I thank you so very much for taking the time to read of these heroes!

AirmanMom said...

ME...I thank you for stopping by and for making certain our heroes are never forgotten.

AirmanMom said...


AirmanMom said... good to have you stop by! Thank you!

MightyMom said...

God Bless

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

These guys have made their mark on the world and on our hearts......the world is a better place for them having served.
I'm a better person for having read this........

Steady On Airman Mom
Reggie Girl

AirmanMom said...

mm...thanks for stopping by!

AirmanMom said...

rg...I thank you for taking the time to read of this hero!