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Army Sergeant Who Blogged From Iraq Killed Wednesday (Honor a Fallen Warrior)
NewsBusters.org ^ | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 09/20/2007 7:16:13 PM PDT by SandRat

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By Noel Sheppard | September 20, 2007 - 12:36 ET

A respected member of the blogging community who also happened to be serving our nation was killed in Iraq Wednesday.

Frank Salvato, editor of The New Media Journal, sadly e-mailed his readers:

It is with a very heavy heart and swollen eyes from the tears that I inform you all that one of our fellow writers, Sgt. Eddie Jeffers who was serving in Ramadi, Iraq, was killed today. He was patriot, humble, kind and dedicated to his mission, his country, his family and his faith.

Many of you might be familiar with Sgt. Jeffers's piece "Hope Rides Alone" posted on February 1, 2007:

But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn't fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler.

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home. I use the word boys and girls, because that's what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old. The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.

This piece was so popular that Fox News's Bill O'Reilly reported it (audio available here).

If you hadn't seen this spectacular article before, please do yourself a favor and read the entire thing.

Moving forward, according to Salvato:

[Sgt. Jeffers] was a humble kid. He thought it was huge that we published him and his Dad even said he admired those of us who do this. Go figure. Here's a kid clearing houses in Ramadi in the bad days admiring those of us sitting back here in air conditioned rooms typing.

He was married and he was slated to come home, I believe for the holidays. He died at 7am this morning in an accidental vehicle roll-over as his group was traveling to fight the bad guys. Just like Patton, I guess.

He was Evangelical and devout. He was always looking out for his men, checking on them, caring about them, making sure they were ready for battle. He was a good leader and took his gig seriously.

Most of all, he believed in his mission. Believed in the war effort and couldn't fathom the mindset of Murtha, Reid, Pelosi and Kennedy. He was worried that when he came home he wouldn't recognize the country he was fighting for.

Some of us share his concern regarding recognizing the country he was fighting for, and will take a moment to say a prayer for him and his family.

Sgt. Jeffers was only 23.

For those interested, Jeffers also published "Real Deal in Ramadi" back in April.

—Noel Sheppard is an economist, business owner, and Associate Editor of NewsBusters.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: army; blogged; fallen; iraq; sergeant

1 posted on 09/20/2007 7:16:16 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: StarCMC; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

2 posted on 09/20/2007 7:16:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Very sad. God rest his soul and the souls of all our fallen heroes.

God bless our brave troops.

3 posted on 09/20/2007 7:18:58 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: SandRat

REST IN PEACE
SGT. EDDIE JEFFERS
LOST IN IRAQ
YOU ARE OUR HERO


4 posted on 09/20/2007 7:19:27 PM PDT by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved.)
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To: SandRat

Oh, no. I followed his blog, and found it gripping. May God hold him in His hand and bring him peace in life everlasting, and may He give support, comfort, and hope to his courageous family.


5 posted on 09/20/2007 7:20:31 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: SandRat

Prayers for the repose of the soul of a hero, and the consolation of his loved ones.


6 posted on 09/20/2007 7:22:38 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: SandRat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WDrbbtaO0E


7 posted on 09/20/2007 7:23:32 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: SandRat

Not a rock star, or a sports star, just an American hero !!!


8 posted on 09/20/2007 7:24:15 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: SandRat

Rest in peace with your brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of the Creator.


9 posted on 09/20/2007 7:24:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SandRat

Sgt. Eddie Jeffers - a fallen hero. May he rest in peace. Prayers for his family. May they be comforted by many that honor his service and sacrifice for our country.


10 posted on 09/20/2007 7:29:01 PM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: SandRat

I am so sad. And tonight when my son gets off-duty, I will hug him to my heart all the more. And I wonder if JT met Sgt. Jeffers and if I should tell him of the fallen comrade.


11 posted on 09/20/2007 7:34:53 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ Liberalism only works in the abstract.)
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To: SandRat
RIP, SGT Jeffers. God be with your family and grant them peace and confort.

 

The Mansions of the Lord
Click the picture for music

Click to hear "Mansions of the Lord"

To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light
To the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
Through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord.

 


12 posted on 09/20/2007 7:37:30 PM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2007/08/11/school-of-the-counterpropagandist/)
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To: SandRat

Breaks my heart to hear this. Prayers for this fine young man and his family.


13 posted on 09/20/2007 8:02:24 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: StarCMC

God rest his soul and may we be forever grateful for men like him.
May his family and fellow soldiers be comforted in their time of sorrow.
And may the realities of war that he so artfully penned be forever ingrained on the American Soul!!

A HERO HAS FALLEN!!


14 posted on 09/20/2007 8:05:06 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: SandRat; MS.BEHAVIN

~Freedom Isn't Free~ >

Remembering And Honoring
~Sgt. Eddie Jeffers~

Rest In Peace Brave Warrior
Picture courtesy of MsBehavin,Patriot Guard

15 posted on 09/20/2007 8:35:36 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SandRat
I also offer my prayers to the fallen, and to the members of his family left behind.

In a world of instant communication, I also pray that those same family members did not find out about his death reading FR, or any other blog.

16 posted on 09/20/2007 9:05:51 PM PDT by kAcknor (Don't flatter yourself.... It is a gun in my pocket.)
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To: kAcknor

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1899352/posts?q=1&;page=51

Post #77 is an email on September 19 from his father announcing his son’s death to a freeper. God bless and comfort those who loved Sgt.Jeffers.He was a wonderful man.


17 posted on 09/20/2007 9:22:08 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SandRat

Prayers up!!


18 posted on 09/20/2007 9:23:20 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: jveritas

God bless our troops and especially the families of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for us!

The Debt Unpayable

What have I given,
Bold sailor on the sea?
In earth or heaven,
That you should die for me?

What can I give,
O soldier, leal and brave,
Long as I live,
To pay the life you gave?

What tithe or part
Can I return to thee,
O stricken heart,
That thou shouldst break for me?

The wind of Death
For you has slain life’s flowers,
It withereth
(God grant) all weeds in ours.

F.W. Bourdillon

Pray for our soldiers and our military leaders that they will be safe and win mighty victories!


19 posted on 09/20/2007 9:46:59 PM PDT by Anita1 (Duncan Hunter for President in '08!! / Pro-life / Pro-border / Pro-American jobs / Strong Defense!))
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To: SandRat
Just Damn...

Rest in peace sgt...

Your work here is done...

(sniff)

20 posted on 09/20/2007 9:53:08 PM PDT by pandemoniumreigns
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To: SandRat

Thank you for telling us about him. May he rest in peace.


21 posted on 09/20/2007 9:57:29 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Jemian
and if I should tell him of the fallen comrade.

I'd say yes. It needs to come from someone he loves...either his family, or his buddies from the sandbox.

22 posted on 09/20/2007 10:27:59 PM PDT by HiJinx (Learn to take as a measure of success the criticism of your enemies. RL.)
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To: Jemian; JemiansTerror

Fyi...


23 posted on 09/21/2007 2:15:57 AM PDT by Dog
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To: SandRat

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum;
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


24 posted on 09/21/2007 2:56:42 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Anita1

Amen.


25 posted on 09/21/2007 7:29:22 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: SandRat

Job well done Sgt.Eddie Jeffers
Rest In Peace.

26 posted on 09/21/2007 10:48:16 AM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: SandRat

27 posted on 09/22/2007 2:19:57 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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