Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday Hero 06/17/2009

Pvt. William Long
Pvt. William Long
23 years old from Conway, Arkansas
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry
June 1, 2009
U.S. Army

"My brother taught me valuable lessons and made me the man I am today," said Pfc. Triston Long, brother of Pvt. William Long. "My commander said, 'Make your brother one of us.' I will miss my brother with all that I am, and I serve in honor of him."

Pvt. William Long had just completed basic training and was set to ship out on June 8 to his first duty station in Korea when he and Private Second Class Quinton Ezeagwula were shot outside a Little Rock, Arkansas Army-Navy Recruiting Center by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad. They were in Little Rock to speak to with potential recruits about their experiences.

Pvt. Long's father, Daris Long, a former Marine, wrote a letter to give to him when he shipped out for South Korea. In that letter he wrote, "Your day only ends when you’ve done your duty. You and your brother … are both heroes for having the moral courage to stand up when your country needs you most. You are in my hopes and my thoughts and my prayers. You are my son, you are my hero. I love you. Semper fidelis."

Along with his father and brother, Pvt. William Long is survived by his mother, Janet, who had served in the Navy herself.


All Information Was Found On And Copied From RedState, Sipsey Street Irregulars & Army Times with help from Kathi

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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12 comments:

Strawberry Girl said...

I heard about this, how tragic. Why the hate, why?

Love your blog, it helps me remember.

SG

coffeypot said...

It is so sad that the American people saw and read more about Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt than they did about these two young men who died by a TERRORIST, which is exactly what he is regardless of what the Obama people want to call them.

AirmanMom said...

sg...Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I look forward to reading your words again soon!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...a special thank you to Chris who puts together Wednesday Hero. We must never forget our heroes!

Vodka Mom said...

thank you for sharing this.

My heart is broken a bit.........

AirmanMom said...

vm...such a tragic story! Wrong on so many levels!

Sarge Charlie said...

a true hero of the War On Terror, how can this happen in America.

AirmanMom said...

sarge...WHY is an awful question. Especially when we have no good answer...

Mary said...

AM,

Pvt Long is definitely a hero. I pay tribute to all those heroes who give the ultimate sacrifice that we might live in freedom.

Blessings,
Mary

AirmanMom said...

mary...and may his family find comfort!

christian soldier said...

Having trouble getting my mind around the fact that this is the first major terror attack oh US soil since 9/ll--and very few see it that way...
My heart goes out to Pvt Long's family and friends...and fellow soldiers...
C-CS

Call Me Grandma said...

May they rest in peace. Prayers going out to his family