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An American Soldier

Discussion in 'Passings' started by Tom Smedley, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Tom Smedley

    Tom Smedley Tommy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Montgomery, AL
    When Pfc. James Jacob Harrelson, son, friend, loved one, athlete, and Soldier of the United States perished in battle he left a hole in the hearts of his comrades, folks at home in Dadeville, and those anywhere who knew him.

    Spanky came home yesterday. More than 100 friends and relatives gathered at Thomas C. Russell Field in Alexander City as he arrived on an Air Force C-21 Learjet. The honor guard from Fort Benning escorted him to a long grey limo. Members of the Alexander City Veterans Honor Guard, men and women from all wars, lined the tarmac with Old Glory.

    Tonight he will say goodbye to family and friends at Radney Funeral Home and tomorrow ride to his hometown in Dadeville. Folks will gather at the First Baptist Church and celebrate his short but fruitful life with full military honors. In southern tradition, ladies will prepare a meal fit for royalty and folks will dine and enjoy fellowship. This common bond starts the healing process so necessary to carry on.

    His final resting place is Hillview Memorial Park in Alexander City. For more than fifteen miles grateful citizens will line the highway and traffic will stop as Spanky traces the path of pioneers from historic Dadeville, to Jackson’s Gap, across Lake Martin, and through downtown Alexander City.

    I don’t remember where I read it or who wrote it but it’s true. “Only two people have willingly offered to die for me. Jesus, to protect my soul, and the American Soldier, to protect my freedoms.”

    Spanky, I offer a salute to a brother in arms and thank you for your sacrifice.

    Travel well my friend.
  2. aquaticmatt

    aquaticmatt Nassau Grouper

    My condolences. Sounds like he was a great man and a superb soldier.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of our brave soldiers and their families.
  3. EastEndDiver

    EastEndDiver Captain

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Long Island NY
  4. dvrbon

    dvrbon Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wisconsin...the frozen tundra. Go Packers!!!!
    Thank you for a job well done.
    My heart goes out to his family and friends.
  5. Cacia

    Cacia Divemaster

    My sympathy and thanks for keeping our men remembered and in our prayers.
    Strikes close to home, JB just told me they just lost 5 in an IED attack.
  6. Old Diver

    Old Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Still in S. Fla.
    The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty."
    Rest in peace.
  7. RICHinNC

    RICHinNC Solo Diver

    Rest well my brother, we have your six.
  8. Azza

    Azza Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: New Zealand
    I can Guaran****ingtee you he didnt die willingly....

    Condolences to his family
  9. almitywife

    almitywife Vegemite Mod

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    my condolences and thanks......
  10. clgsamson

    clgsamson Koya Kap

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines

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