Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angelsâ€™ Voices,
and the Cello Sings Harmonyâ€¦.
For they swore by the Holy Water,
They swore by the salt they ate,
That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
Should go to his God in state;
With fifty file of Burman
To open him Heavenâ€™s gate.
Stand down, Ladies and Gentlemen
Rest in Peace
CPT Charles E Ridgley, 40, of Baltimore, MD
SFC Charles L Adkins, 36, of Sandusky, OH
SSGT Cynthia R Taylor, 39, of Columbus, GA
SGT LInda L Pierr, 28 of Immokalee, FL and
SPC Joseph B Cemper, 21 of Warrensburg, MO,
all of the Forward Operating Base Gambesi, 101st Special Troops Bn, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Nangarhar Province,Â Afghanistan, WERE MURDERED on Apr 16, when an Afghan National Army Soldier killed them with multiple grenade attacks….
while SPC Sonny J Moses, 22, of Koror, Palau, died later at Landsthul Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered from the same attack.
Lord, we ask your blessing today as we gather to pay our respects to another American serviceman/woman/hero. It is our duty and our honor to gather together to honor this fellow American. Give strength to his/her family in their time of grief. Keep watch over our troops deployed through out the world and also here at home, as well as their families. The price of freedom is a cost borne by few for the benefit of many. Too often, we take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, and it is at times like this that we realize that freedom is never free. We would also ask your blessing on us as we travel back to our homes, and we thank you, Lord for this day. Amen.
We have no appropriate prayer for the disposition of the souls of murderers, but are quite certain God does not approve and will judge accordingly.
To see where Nangahar Province is, and what their casualty rate is, visit and support iCasualties.org, Operation Enduring Freedom