By an Angel’s Kiss, SGT Brian K Mowery, SSG Kenneth R Van Giessen, and SGT Edward W Koehler


Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels

and the Cello Sings Harmony


SGT Brian Mowery, 49, Halifax, PA

SSG Kenneth R Van Giessen, 30, Eria, PA and

SGT Edward W Koehler, 47, of Lebanon PA

died 18 July, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan  from an IED

They were of  131st Transport Company, 213th Area Support Group, Pennsylvania National Guard

Stand Down, Gentlemen

Rest in Peace



Give me, my God, what you still have;

give me what no one asks for.
I do not ask for wealth, nor success,
nor even health.

People ask you so often, God, for all that,
that you cannot have any left.
Give me, my God, what you still have.
Give me what people refuse to accept from you.
I want insecurity and disquietude;
I want turmoil and brawl.

And if you should give them to me,

my God, once and for all,
let me be sure to have them always,
for I will not always
have the courage to ask for them.

Corporal Zirnheld
Special Air Service

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Lady Penguin
July 21, 2011 8:34 am

You three gave your lives so that others might live free. May we be worthy of your sacrifice.

May God grant comfort and peace to your loved ones left behind.

July 21, 2011 11:23 am

Prayers and sympathy to the families and friends of these good men.

We, the living, go on but we too shall glimpse that moment “when the fire and the rose are one.” (T.S. Eliot) Let us remember those who gave all for us, that we may be worthy of our moment. And all will be well.