By An Angel’s Kiss, 7 Members of HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter, Aghanistan

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Since 2011 we have honored military deaths by hostile fire in the Middle East at UnifiedPatriots.com. Every single one. Their memorial is best known by this art of an Angel kissing a dying knight.

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony.

CPT Andreas B O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, NY, and

CPT Christopher T Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, NY, and

MSG Christopher J Raguso, 39, of Commack, NY, and

SSG Dashan Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, NY. all of the

106th Rescue Wing  of the New York Air National Guard, and

CPT Mark Weber, 30, of Colorado Springs, CO, of the Air Force, and

MSG William R Posch, 36, of Indialanticd, FL and

SSG Carl P Enis,31, of Tallahassee, FL,

both of the Air Force Reserve 

were killed 15 March, 2018  in Al Qaim, Anbar Province, Afghanistan when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The crash is under investigation.


Rest in peace, Gentlemen

Job well done.  


I’m asking You God, to give me what You have left.
Give me those things which others never ask of You.
I don’t ask You for rest, or tranquility.
Not that of the spirit, the body, or the mind.
I don’t ask You for wealth, or success, or even health.
All those things are asked of You so much Lord,
that you can’t have any left to give.
Give me instead Lord what You have left.
Give me what others don’t want.
I want uncertainty and doubt.
I want torment and battle.
And I ask that You give them to me now and forever Lord,
so I can be sure to always have them,
because I won’t always have the strength to ask again.
But give me also the courage, the energy,
and the spirit to face them.
I ask You these things Lord,
because I can’t ask them of myself


About the Author:

Vietnam era Army JAG, Asia, 17-yr Cold Warrior in Soviet-China Bloc green zone, Been shot at and hit, but in crime, not war; twice-broken nose for lying (same fellow) hence good law school candidate; Could have been Somebody in Corporate world and politics, but at every crossroad chose to be a man with a tawdry past instead. Gave up law and am now a redeemed American.
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  1. LadyImpactOhio  March 20, 2018

    God Bless you Sirs, for your valiant service to America. May the Lord grant your souls peace and solace to those left behind.


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