By an Angel’s Kiss, 1Lt Jonathan P Walsh, 28, and PFC Michael J Metcalf, 22


Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices,

and the Cello Sings Harmony.

1Lt Jonathan P Walsh, 28, of Cobb, GA

PFC Michael J Metcalf, 22, of Boynton Beach, FL

Died 22 April 2012  in Paktia Province, Afghanistan from an IED

They were of the 2nd Bn, 504th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division,

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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April 25, 2012 10:05 pm

God Bless you for your service to our great nation, 1Lt Walsh and PFC Metcalf. You are resting in the arms of the angels now. May God grant your souls peace, and solace to your loved ones left behind.

April 26, 2012 10:51 am

A German Commander’s report to higher was captured during the 504th’s action in Italy, it read…

“American parachutists, those Devils in Baggy Pants are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can’t sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere…”

The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment are known as the Devils in Baggy Pants to this day. These young men are in good company.