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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Kendra Coleman ~ April 15, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 04/14/2013 5:01:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Kendra Coleman
Info from here.

(Thank you to mountainlion for bringing this hero to our attention!)

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The Story Behind the Photo, CPL Kendra Coleman

“I want to give back to the Soldiers who fight for my freedom and sacrifice their life for me,” said AW2 Soldier CPL Kendra Coleman about her future.

At 20-years-old, she knew she wanted to fight in the war on terrorism and joined the Army on July 25, 2007. She served with the 173D Special Troops Battalion, part of the 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team as a military police (MP) officer and paratrooper. She deployed to Afghanistan on November 19, 2009, and her job was to train Afghan police and keep the local village of Charkh safe.

On May 11, 2010, she was clearing a village, she recalled, “I was hugging a wall to clear a corner, and after I cleared the corner I looked down. That’s when I saw a randomly placed pile of tires. I could feel the evil in the air.”

An improvised explosive device (IED) immediately exploded and she was knocked to the ground. “I knew I was hit,” she said. “I reached down to my left leg pocket to grab my tourniquet. My pocket wasn’t there, just the remaining pieces of what was my left leg.”

She is currently assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit and receives care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Brooke Army Medical Center. “WRAMC has given me my life back,” she said. “The medical care I have received here at WRAMC has been phenomenal.” Now using a prosthetic leg, she said, “I almost feel like me again.”

One of the highlights of her recovery was participating in a snowboarding program. “I never thought I would snowboard again, but I did it,” she said. “I got back up on my board—it was an amazing feeling of achievement.”

With the assistance of AW2 Community Support Network member Sentinels of Freedom, she plans to attend college. “They provided me a four-year scholarship to the school of my choice, all expenses paid including living expenses,” she said.

Coleman wants to attend Georgia Institute of Technology to earn a master’s in prosthetics and work with other wounded warriors at an Army Military Treatment Facility. She hopes to motivate other wounded warriors to never give up, stating, “Don’t let the enemy determine your future—improvise and overcome.”

By Tania Meireles, WTC Stratcom

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1 posted on 04/14/2013 5:01:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska




Good evening, Kathy and Star!

***HUGS***



Thanks very much – coming aboard! Rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!

And thanks very much for tonight’s Hall of Heroes thread! Cpl. Kendra Coleman is an outstanding addition to our Hall of Heroes!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 04/14/2013 5:12:03 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!


4 posted on 04/14/2013 5:14:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and put yourself back together with a little help form your friend.
5 posted on 04/14/2013 5:16:19 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...how did the Master Griller do this evening? Appetites satisfied?

More warm sun today, and more melting, altho chilly.


6 posted on 04/14/2013 5:20:30 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

What an amazing story! I’ve seen the picture before, and been moved by her smile. Now that I know the rest of the story, she’s just that much more impressive.

This young lady has a bright future.


7 posted on 04/14/2013 5:24:17 PM PDT by HiJinx ("All it takes for evil to win...")
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Senility is setting in here - double error in posting. Or it could be that I'm in a state of total torpor after feasting on a thick New York Strip with champiģnons and Cabernet.



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 04/14/2013 5:25:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Please note: The author of the Hall of Heroes is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Hall of Heroes: Kendra Coleman ~

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9 posted on 04/14/2013 5:29:25 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


Rest In Peace, Fallen Brother!
And Welcome Home After 62 Long Years!!



Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr.
USA, (MOH), 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
KIA Korea 2Dec1950





I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be."
(1 Maccabees 3:58–60)

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Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, among these who answered the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!

Lt. Col. Faith will be laid to rest in the Hallowed Grounds of
Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, 17April2013.



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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

10 posted on 04/14/2013 5:33:27 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: mountainlion; StarCMC

Good evening, mountainlion.....Kendra Coleman really did pick herself up and get on with it with help from her friends.

God Bless her and we thank her for her service to our country.

Thanks for bringing her to our attention. Thanks, Star, for putting her story together for the Hall of Heroes.


11 posted on 04/14/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Nothing like a success story with a big smile at the end.


12 posted on 04/14/2013 5:52:30 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Hopefully this 6 decade disaster in North Korea will end and North and South can get together and they can finally bring home the troops form North Korea.
13 posted on 04/14/2013 5:59:05 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ConorMacNessa; mountainlion; HiJinx; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


14 posted on 04/14/2013 5:59:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion
I certainly hope so, Mountainlion, but I am not at all optimistic. With that juvenile in charge in the North, this vignette has all the earmarks of the spark that will ignite the powder keg.



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

15 posted on 04/14/2013 6:03:29 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
This is the second excellent article I've ready today about soldiers who have refused to let their war wounds keep them down.

Prince Harry is planning on joining a group of wounded British soldiers, including a friend of his, on an expedition to the South Pole. Organized by Walking With The Wounded, a British charity that supports wounded soldiers after they've returned home, the expedition/race is the Allied Challenge 2013. There will be a team from Britain, one from the US, and a joint Commonwealth team from Canada and Australia. The race is set for this coming November and will be a 205-mile ski trek across the frozen Antarctic.

16 posted on 04/14/2013 6:05:26 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: HiJinx

Good evening, HJ...an inspiring story, indeed.

Everyone doing well? Piper still growing? Getting older?


17 posted on 04/14/2013 6:08:00 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
And in first....Mac grabs the gold!!


18 posted on 04/14/2013 6:11:28 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion
And in second....mountainlion snags the silver!!


19 posted on 04/14/2013 6:12:51 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Thank you, Galz, for this amazing story of a REAL American hero. God bless her in her future life as an inspiration to others!


20 posted on 04/14/2013 6:16:14 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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