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On Sunday, our family got the worst news imaginable. Our oldest son was killed in action in Iraq on 10 December. Apparently he was a gunner on an up-armored humvee on a late night combat patrol in Baghdad when they were struck by an IED. Believe me, there's nothing worse in this world than having an Army colonel and chaplain show up at your door. No -- I take that back. What's worse is going upstairs to tell your wife.

He was a tremendous patriot doing what he dreamed of doing his whole life. He was a paratrooper and lived life to the fullest. Words can't do justice to the devastation to the family, but faith is carrying us.

If you have kids, don't waste a moment -- savor every minute of time you have with them.

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My deepest sympathy goes out to You and your family God Bless You.

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Ex - I do not know your position on religion, but my prayers go up for you and your family. May God keep you near and Thank you for your sons service to allow us to be free. God Bless your family.

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My deepest sympathy. Funny how a guy that talks as much as I do can suddnly become lost for word's.

Don

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Everyone here at BGH is deeply saddened by your news. Its the most heartbreaking news a parent can receive. Please know that you are in our prayers during this very difficult time.

Thank you to your son and your entire family for his ultimate sacrifice.

God bless your family.

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Excuse me jumping in again. what was your sons name and rank?

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PFC Shawn Murphy, serving with 3/509th PIR as part of the 4/25 in Multinational Division Baghdad.

PS -- Cindy Sheehan can kiss my military A$$!

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You have my sincere sympathies. My son also served in Iraq, but has since come home. Take courage in faith.

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My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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expatriate,
My words keep failing me what to say to you in this deep time of sorrow. I will pray for you and your family, as only the God of all comfort can comfort you through these hours.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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Hopefully the sacrifices made will, someday, make this world a better place. Blessings to you and your family.

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