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US Marine SGT. Garrett Misener leans against his Mustang as his Dad, Gary Misener places his hand on his son’s shoulder during a visit home before deploying to Afghanistan for his sixth tour.

I got a note from radio show listener Bob L. from Alamagordo, NM tonight. In it he wrote:

This week has been a bit much.

Sadly… a memorial was held this past Saturday for the son of a friend of mine right here in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I met his son, SGT Garrett A. Misener just this past July 2010 before he was deployed just two days later to Afghanistan. It was to be SGT.Garrett A. Misener’s sixth and final deployment, when he came to visit his father who is a minister at one of our local churches.

This young man was truly a professional United States Marine, as well as a fine Christian young man. He was a Marine Rifle Company squad leader and was leading his fourteen man patrol on an early morning patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he stepped on a pressure plate setting off an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

Garrett was killed instantly.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bob and to the Misener family and friends.

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Exactly 41 years ago today, another young man gave his life for our country in the jungles of Vietnam when the helo he was flying went down with three crew members aboard.

U.S. Army Capt. Herbert Crosby was declared MIA, and it would be another 37 years before his remains would be recovered, returned to his family, and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of the fourth crew member were recovered and returned to his family just last month. Forty-one years later.

We salute both these brave men — our brothers, our countrymen. And thank them and their loved ones who have given our country their very best.

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