Thursday, July 2, 2009

His Star Has Turned From Blue to Gold

Sgt. Terry Lynch, 22, died Monday when a roadside bomb blew up near the vehicle he was in, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. The explosion occurred in Wardak Province of Afghanistan.

Lynch was serving with the 3rd Squadron of the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., with the light infantry 10th Mountain Division.

Lynch was quoted in a July 2005 Gazette story when he and other Army recruits were sworn in by Army Gen. Peter Schoomaker.

Then 18, Lynch said it made him feel proud to take part in the Fourth of July ceremony in Cody, Wyo. He was about to leave for basic training.

"I wanted to give back to my country," he said.

Sgt. Terry Lynch joined the Army in July 2005, after graduating from Shepherd High School.

His service awards include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Details of Lynch's return to Montana are not yet available, according to Lt. Dan Bushnell of the Montana Army National Guard.

A funeral Mass will be held for Lynch at St. Bernard's Parish at a date to be determined later, said Shawneal French, director of Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

Lynch is survived by his father, Charlie, and sister, Kristin.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Robyn, and brother, David.


USA_Admiral said...

Rest in Peace Sgt. Lynch.

I offer my prayers for his family and friends for their tragic loss.

Julie said...

My heart sinks every time I see this title to a blog post.

God bless Sgt. Lynch and his family.

AirmanMom said...

usa admiral...may this family find comfort!

AirmanMom said...

julie...each and everyone one of our soldiers deserve to be remembered!

coffeypot said...

Bless him and his family.

AirmanMom said...


Mary said...

May God bless his soul. Praying for his family.


Daniel said...

This is so sad.

Airman Mom, I wanted you to read this tribute I wrote about my Dad. I wanted you to read it and to know this is one of the reasons I have a soft spot for those kids who go down to the strip mall and find a recruitment center and swear out an oath to the flag.

My Dad wasn't one of these people calling for war that they won't sign up for. My Dad would never blog his way to freedom, like your son, he puts his life on the LINE for it.

Let me know what you think.

Tami said...

Another Cav Scout has found his way to Fiddlers Green. May he always be remembered for the Hero that he is. Rest well Scout your mission is complete.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

God Bless,


AirmanMom said...

mary...thank you for your beautiful words.

AirmanMom said...

daniel..I look forward to reading this tribute to your dad. His service is deeply appreciated!

AirmanMom said...

aam...they are so very young, yet so brave and dedicated to our nation! Prayers to his family and to his brothers who have lost one of their own.