By Justin C Cliburn
Ten years ago today, SGT Jeremy King was killed by a sniper in Baghdad. He was not a part of the 158 or the Oklahoma Army National Guard, but he was a brother-in-arms. On August 24, 2006, he was killed in an area close to where my squad went most days. Needless to say, it affected me. I was an audio witness that day and eventually wrote about his death in a piece titled "The Radio." I share it today to keep the memory of SGT King alive. I didn't know him, but he had brothers-in-arms, friends, family, a wife, and a daughter who all loved him very much. He deserves to be remembered. "The Radio" is reproduced after the jump.
I posted the following on my personal Facebook timeline. I did it because it's something I don't think a lot of people know and, the more people that know the difference between the holidays, the fewer awkward moments I'll experience when someone thanks me for my service on Memorial Day.
But OIL manager Lance Zerger, who has completed three combat tours himself, provided an alternate take on the subject that I thought was worth sharing:
Dear Fellow Veterans,
Good point, Zerger. I'll be thinking of both Landrum and Lawson, as well as SGT Jeremy King. After the jump is my memory of the day he died.