This is the 100th post for this website. I have waited for a while before posting the 100th because I wanted it to be about something significant, something inspiring. It turns out that the 100th post will not be written by me, but will be a link. It is a link to the story of an American warrior, Staff SGT Darrell Ray Griffin Jr. (known to his family and friends as Skipper). Staff SGT Griffin was killed on March 21, 2007 while on patrol in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq. Staff SGT Griffin was on his second deployment when a sniper's bullet claimed his life. Alex Kingsbury of US News & World Report had interviewed Staff SGT Griffin on March 3, 2007. The article is posted here. An excerpt from the story follows:
Four days before his death, Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Ray Griffin Jr., an infantry squad leader in Baghdad, sent an E-mail to his wife, Diana. "Spartan women of Greece used to tell their husbands, before they went into battle, to come back with their shields or laying on them, dying honorably in battle. But if they did not return with their shield, this showed that they ran away from the battle. Cowardice was not a Spartan virtue ... Tell me that you love me the same by me coming back with my shield or on it."
This article is a true must read. Staff SGT Griffin was a warrior who participated in and witnessed the worst parts of war, but he did not do so as a thoughtless uncaring machine. The tragedy that he witnessed left its mark upon him, but as a real warrior he strove to understand the experiences and to grow to be a better man because of them. He worked to learn from what he had seen. Godspeed Staff SGT Griffin and may God console your family for their loss.
Also, take the time to click on the "Related News" links on the left of the page. The photo above is a self portrait taken by Staff SGT Griffin.