This Weeks Soldier Was Suggested By Jenn
36 years old from Alhambra, California
2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
March 21, 2007
“He was a really patriotic young man”, said Darrell Griffin Sr. “He said that the people there really needed us and he felt it was the right place to be. He wished we didn’t have to have wars, but since that’s the way mankind is, he felt he was contributing an important part to his country”.
SSgt. Griffin lost his life in Balad, Iraq when his unit came under fire as it was returning to base after conducting security operations in the Iraqi capital.
The eldest son of six children, SSgt. Griffin worked as an EMT before joining the California Army National Guard in 1999. He enlisted in the Army two years later, and in July 2001, was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, in Ft. Lewis, Washington. He served with that unit in Iraq from October 2004 to September 2005.
On his second tour of duty, SSgt. Griffin had been awarded the Bronze Star for valor in 2005 when he was credited with saving the lives of three U.S. and two Iraqi Army soldiers injured during battle in Tal Afar. He had also received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
“Griff was the type of man you want to have by your side in a fight,” Maj. Brent Clemmer, his former company commander, wrote from Iraq. “He was the type of squad leader every young soldier wants to have”.
“Darrell was my husband, my Soldier, my gift from God who was also the love of my life and always will be.” Said his wife, Diana. “He was also ‘a Soldier’s Soldier of Strength and Honor’ whose commitment to duty, honor and loyalty will be forever remembered by all who know and love him. The news of his death saddens us deeply and we ask for your prayers in our time of grief. Please also continue to keep our Soldiers in your prayers
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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June 27, 2007 1 Comment
Welcome to the June 27th, 2007 edition of Showcase Of New
Blogs. Just a reminder we are moving to a bi-weekly schedule..
The Random Yak taking the first 2 weeks, and Pet taking the next 2 weeks..
Enjoy, and a great big thanks to all who participate!
Emily Berry presents Spit, Splatter, Splatter posted at >Mommin’ It Up!.
JHSiess presents Get Off That Scale! posted at Here’s looking at . . . me!, saying, “JHS Esq. has changed her life and chronicles her successes and challenges in “Here’s looking at . . . me!” In her opinion, folks who have made positive lifestyle changes (never say “diet”) should get OFF the scale, instead measuring their successes using other means.”
koikana presents >Carnal Gospel: Designer Vaginas posted at Carnal Gospel, saying, “Article and blog have sexual relationship content, thus have adult themes. Most link-lists that aren’t strictly about these subjects tend to put a disclaimer and I appreciate this.”
Matt M presents Walk Your Dog to Stay Healthy posted at href="http://the-pet-haven.blogspot.com/">The Pet Haven, saying, “Studies are showing that having a dog continues to have health benefits for the owners.”
Karen Bastille presents A Home for Toad posted at
>Summer With Grandmother Wren, saying, “Thank you for this opportunity to share my new blog!
Warren Wong presents Why Not To Drive posted at >Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “These days, everyone expect you to have a car as soon as you can afford one. However, that can be a very costly decision!”
Lydia presents Storytelling Saturday: When to Quit your Job posted at CovertEffect, saying, “Hey! My first blog, CovertEffect, examines the relationship between the review and the person behind the review–what motivates them, what the experience of a place or event had on the reviewee. It’s basically a more personal and intimate review. Everyday has a different theme, so there is a structure. There’s also enough room to insert some stories of personal growth and self-care. Thank you for your time in advance!!”
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June 27, 2007 1 Comment