Friday, May 22, 2009

This Memorial Day

As we honor the fallen who have given their lives in the service of this country, the roll call has grown by 5 more: Navy Helicopter Crewmembers Identified:
The names of the five Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 6 aircrew involved in the crash of a Navy HH-60 Seahawk helicopter the evening of May 19 were released May 21.

They are:

- Lt. Cmdr. Eric J. Purvis, 37, of Poway, Calif.
- Lt. Allison M. Oubre, 27, of Slidell, La.
- Naval Air Crewman 1st Class (AW/NAC) Samuel "Grant" Kerslake, 41, of Hot Springs, Ark.
- Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class (AW/NAC) Aaron L. Clingman, 25, of Bend, Ore.
- Naval Air Crewman 3rd Class (AW/NAC) Sean M. Ward, 20, of Lovelock, Nev.
It is not just our grandfathers and fathers we honor this weekend. Nor is it just this crew.
Our friends, our classmates, our children, our grandchildren . . .

Say a little prayer, will you, sometime this weekend?

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