Another Unsung Hero

Mark Noonan at Blogs for Bush posted a story about a Marine killed in action. The story ran in The American Spectator . Lance Corporal Dimitri Gavriel, 29 was a graduate of Brown University. He worked on Wall Street as a real estate securities analyst, working for firms including Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse First Boston, and J.P. Morgan. He was laid off in 2002 and decided to join the Marines. The Marines rejected him because of his age and some old injuries. He worked out, lost 40 pounds and told the recruiters he could do as well as the younger guys. They finally relented and let him join.

The day before he left for Boot Camp he was offered a job in finance. His family begged him to stay and his sister offered to let him stay with her free of charge if he took the job. He left for Paris Island the next day. He was inspired, in part, because three of his friends were killed on 9/11. He was killed in action in Fallujah on November 19th.

This is another story of an amazing American hero. We are surrounded by them but the MSM and Michael Moores of the world just see bad in the people who are there or use them as political fodder. The Abu Grahbe prison scandals were above the fold items but stories about true American heroes get overlooked unless they played football in the NFL. Pat Tillman and Dimitri Gavriel are heroes just like every other warfighter over in Iraq and around the world. We are truly blessed to have this caliber of selfless people in the greatest military in the world. I hope you will join me in praying for those who are fighting, those who have died and those who are left behind.

We sleep in peace at night because rough men like this stand ready to do violence on our behalf. May God bless this young man; he has earned his place in the Kingdom of the Almighty.

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