Skip to comments.A soldier's last request.
Posted on 12/13/2004 5:30:52 PM PST by katkin
Please help with this one.
Damn, just damn. Specialist David Mahlenbrock was killed by an IED on December 3rd in Kirkuk, Iraq.
I received this email via Soldier's Angels. It's from David's Squad in Bravo, 65th Engineers and they are forwarding a request from David. It appears that David had a special letter sent to his squad in the event of his death. Hold on to your seats, folks:
(Excerpt) Read more at blackfive.net ...
On December 15, 2004, at one EST, My Father in law will be buried. He was 89 years old,his decorations include, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, Bronze Stars, Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. He was a veteran of WWII, Korean and Vietnam. It would please me, to hear the sounds of "American Solider" humming in the background somewhere, while my Father-in-Law, a retired colonel is laid to rest with a military funeral also.
I'm just trying to be a father,
Raise a daughter and a son,
Be a lover to their mother,
Everything to everyone.
Up and at 'em bright and early,
I'm all in my business suit,
Yeah, I'm dressed for success
from my head down to my boots,
I don't do it for money,
there's still bills that I can't pay,
I don't do it for the glory,
I just do it anyway,
Providing for our future's my responsibility
Yeah I'm real good under pressure,
being all that I can be,
And I can't call in sick on Mondays
when the weekends been too strong,
I just work straight through the holidays,
And sometimes all night long.
You can bet that I stand ready
when the wolf growls at the door,
Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady,
hey I'm true down to the core,
And I will always do my duty,
no matter what the price,
I've counted up the cost,
I know the sacrifice,
Oh, and I don't want to die for you,
But if dyin's asked of me,
I'll bear that cross with an honor,
'Cause freedom don't come free.
I'm an american soldier, an american,
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand,
When liberty's in jeopardy
I will always do what's right,
I'm out here on the front lines,
sleep in peace tonight.
American soldier, I'm an American,
An American Soldier.
I'll definitely call my radio stations, and have them play it...they will be proud to do it!!
Maybe sometime tomorrow, I can call the local radio stations here too, I know they would not mind playing it also.
I'm so sorry to hear about your father in law! :( A true hero, and may he rest in peace! Prayers for you and your family!!
I have KOGO, home of Roger Hedgecock (fill in for Rush). I'm sure he'll be happy to play it. I'll forward this to him and place a call.
Thank you Ros42, we sure could use some!
Sending your family prayers. My father died Nov. 2 at 87 years old. It still hurts.
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The Greatest Generation....our ...parents....we were blessed. hugs!
Listening to the song now ...:-).
I will notify Q95 WQTE 95.3 FM in Adrian MI. in the AM.
Thanks for the hug... Will do my best to spread the word of this brave soldier's last request. "American Solider" is a good one.
I have notified AM 1600 KCKK in Denver and asked them to fulfill Davids request.
I have notified The Wolf 99.5 in Dallas.
Will update tomorrow. I will also notify 96.3 and 95.6
Ping - -
Thank you very much for the link to the song as I didn't have a copy. I run a restaurant bar / overseas and will make sure this song is played as will a few other bars that appreciate the sacrifice our men and women are making.
God Bless You Specialist David Mahlenbrock and Godspeed.
Keep it alive BUMP
Please use this link and pass it around to anyone who can play it. I will leave it up on my server for a few weeks.
Have also notified K-Bull 93-FM in Utah.
Maple Shade, wow. my In laws live right by there. Anyone know how old this hero was?
Will do bump. There are no words. A humble thank you to a hero and his family.
Sp. Mahlenbrock indeed seems to have been one of a kind - according to Philly local TV, he was granted leave to return from Iraq a few months ago to spend two weeks with his newly-born daughter - his widow says he is the only father she ever heard of who took his week-old child to the zoo and "Chucky Cheese" among other places - he also videotaped sessions of himself reading to his daughter for her future viewing - almost sounds as though he had a premonition that he wasn't going to make it back - a tragic loss......
I emailed my local talk station.....dammit....now I can't see what I'm typing!
All who can, let's call our radio stations to honor a fallen soldier by playing Toby Keith's American Soldier on Wednesday, December 15, 1 pm Eastern, 12 noon central, 11 am Mountain and 10 am Pacific (Dodobird and Kathy in Alaska will have to compute for their time zones).
This is for a soldier who will never get one of the candy canes we sent to Kirkuk--Specialist David Mahlenbrock, Bravo company, 65th Engineers..
I'll call and email both country stations in the Bay Area: 95.7 the Bear, and 95.3 KRTY.
Thanks for the ping. I e-mailed one local station. Now I just need to get contact info for a few more. Any station that doesn't comply is anti-American, and will find itself on my boycott list.
David P. Mahlenbrock: The combat engineer, 20, is remembered as confident and competent
By Rosemarie Bernardo
Russell Mahlenbrock and his son, Spc. David P. Mahlenbrock, looked forward to raising their children together. "He thought it was great," said Russell Mahlenbrock yesterday in a phone interview from Maple Shade, N.J. "He had said, 'Wow, Dad, you're having a kid, I'm having a kid."
"We kind of planned (on having) a lot of barbecues and watching the kids grow up together," the elder Mahlenbrock said.
Mahlenbrock had recently celebrated the birth of his fourth son, several weeks after celebrating the birth of his first grandchild, David's first kid.
But now David will not be there for the barbecues, and he won't get to watch his daughter, Kadence, and youngest brother, Darek, grow up together.
A roadside bomb struck a Humvee in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Friday, killing David, 20, and wounding two other soldiers. Mahlenbrock, a combat engineer, was clearing a route when the bomb detonated.
Mahlenbrock's father says he plans to tell Kadence -- his only grandchild -- that her father was a good man.
"She would've liked knowing him, and it was a shame that he had to leave," he said. "She's going to be a lot like him."
"I think Dave was a fine example of a young man who believed in what his country stood for and was willing to put his life on the line for it. He was proud to serve his country. He made us all proud, too," his father said.
"He went in with a lot of confidence," he added. "The furthest thing from his mind was that something was going to happen. I know he was not afraid of anything over there."
According to a New Jersey newspaper, the Camden Courier-Post, David Mahlenbrock was able to see his daughter, now 10 weeks old, for the first time recently during a brief visit to New Jersey.
But he returned to Iraq before meeting his youngest brother, Darek, who was born on Nov. 14.
The young Mahlenbrock was a varsity football player and avid wrestler at Maple Shade High School, where he graduated in 2002. He also enjoyed swimming, camping and paintball.
"He was positive and outgoing. He was a 'can do' kind of guy. There was nothing he couldn't do," said his father. "He was just an exceptional individual. Dave was rare."
David married Melissa, his high school sweetheart, on Oahu about a year and a half ago. "When we first started dating at 14, I told my mom, 'I'm going to marry him,'" Melissa told the Courier-Post. "It was the best decision I ever made."
"I just want everyone to know what kind of man he was," she said. "He was one of the best men I ever met in my entire life."
David Mahlenbrock enlisted in the Army in October 2002. He was later assigned to the Bravo Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), in February 2003.
Mahlenbrock was in Iraq for 11 months and was due to return to Hawaii in March.
His father said he and his son talked or e-mailed each other at least once a week. "He would talk about how much he missed us and how he looked forward to coming home," he said.
Mahlenbrock paused as he thought of what he would later tell his youngest son about his older brother.
"I would tell him his brother died fighting for his freedom," he said as his voice trembled in sadness. "I would tell him his brother was a hero who was killed in the war."
A funeral service is expected to be held in Maple Shade.
Mahlenbrock is survived by wife Melissa; daughter Kadence; father Russell; brothers Chris, Andrew and Darek; and stepmother Elizabeth.
Note: that it says the services are in Maple Shade, NJ ==========================================
From the State of New Jersey
RELEASE: December 10, 2004
Codey Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff to Honor Specialist David P. Mahlenbrock
(TRENTON)In honor of U.S. Army Specialist David P. Mahlenbrock, 20, of Maple Shade, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey signed an Executive Order calling for the United States and New Jersey flags to fly half-staff Monday, December 13.
Specialist Mahlenbrocks courage and commitment make him worthy of the highest honor, Acting Governor Codey said. He made the greatest possible sacrifice for the country he loves. New Jersey and America are proud of him, just as his family and community are proud of him. We will keep Specialist Mahlenbrock and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Specialist Mahlenbrock died Dec. 3 in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was clearing a route when an improvised explosive device detonated. He was assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
A copy of the Executive Order is attached:
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11
WHEREAS, U.S. Army Specialist David Mahlenbrock, a resident of Maple Shade, graduated from Maple Shade High School in 2002, where he was a member of the football team and captain of the wrestling team; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Mahlenbrock enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation, and planned to make a career of his service in the Army; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Mahlenbrock served proudly as a member of the U.S. Armys 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, and was deployed to Iraq in the service of his country in January 2004; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Mahlenbrock was a courageous soldier, and a loving husband, father, son and brother; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Mahlenbrock has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty while fighting for our country; and
WHEREAS, Specialist Mahlenbrocks patriotism and dedicated service to his country make him a hero and a true role model for all Americans and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark his passing and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Monday, December 13, 2004, in recognition and mourning of U.S. Army Specialist David Mahlenbrock.
2. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 10th day of December
in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Four, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.
Richard J. Codey
/s/ Mark J. Fleming
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor
What a fine man. May his loved ones know comfort.
I just emailed the one local country station I know of here in Central New York...FROG 104.
Pick up the phones tomorrow for a hero.
He was very interested.
I will make sure to listen to see if they played the song.
I will be calling KIX106 (WGKK) in Memphis
Request Line: (901) 535-9106
Have any others from the Memphis area already call them?
Did a Google on this young man's name. The story, with and without the request, is being widely covered, particularly in the New Jersey / Philadelphia area.
I have not read the whole thread yet, but has anyone tried contacting Toby Keith?
ping for later
Done, KTPI in the Antelope Valley has rec'd my request, although I'm not a big country fan. Easy and honorable request to make.
RIP young man, you've earned it, may the good Lord watch over your family.
Note - forwarded via email to Country Music Television (CMT.COM).
Also, from the news stories about this, one of the groups helping to promote this, Soldiers' Angels, is trying to get Toby Keith to sing at the funeral.
Since I work right here, I'm gonna try to take an early lunch and slip away from work tomorrow to attend this young man's funeral.
Every one of these I've ever attended have just ripped my heart out.
The saddest thing for a Soldier is hearing Taps being played for another Soldier - but it's sobering and serves to reinforce the profound impact these brave warriors have on our lives back here.
We should all be glad we have troops who "get it" and are willing to put it all on the line so that we can go right on being whatever kind of American we choose.
It's just too bad we have so many in this country making such horribly selfish choices about the kind of "American" they choose to be.
This American Soldier will proudly represent Free Republic as Specialist David Mahlenbrock is laid to rest in our hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetary.
E-mailed 92.5 WXTU Philly.