By an Angel’s Kiss, LTC Paul Voss, 46 and CPT Ryan Phanuef, 30 (USAF) Afghanistan

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Kissed by Angel, SSG Ian McLaughlin, 27, and PFC Miguel Villalon, 21, Army (Aghanistan)

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

         LTC Paul K Voss, 46, of Yogo, Guam and of HQ Air Combat Command, Joint-Base Langley-Eustis, VA and

         CPT Ryan S Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, NH, of 37th Bomber Sqd, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

        were killed on Jan 17, 2020, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan when their Bombadier E11-A went down and crashed.

        No cause has yet been determined, but it was over Taliban controlled territory.


Rest in peace, Gentlemen

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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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