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Lost a friend in Iraq this weekend.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by OEF_VET, Nov 18, 2003.

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  1. OEF_VET

    OEF_VET Member

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    I caught the news last night just before going to bed and learned some bad news. As I'm sure you all know, two UH-60 Blackhawks belonging to the 101st crashed this past Saturday. Well, Ft. Campbell released the names of several of the soldiers killed yesterday. One of those was 1LT Pierre Piche of Starksboro, Vermont.

    Pierre was a good friend of mine. We met in the summer of '97 when I arrived at Ft. Campbell. At the time, I was a Private and he was a Sergeant. We were both Artillery Forward Observers, assigned to the same platoon in 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery. About a year later, Pierre left the Army and went to college under the ROTC 'Green to Gold' program. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry, and was assigned back to the 101st. When he arrived, he was further assigned to A-Company, 1st BN/187th Infantry. The platoon he took over as the Platoon Leader, was the same one he worked for as an FO a couple years prior. He was living an enlisted mans dream, he was in charge of his old unit. (How many GI's have wished they could be in charge of their platoon/company/etc.?)

    Pierre leaves behind a wife, whom I'm sure is quite devastated right now.

    He was an avid supporter of RKBA and was a true gun-nut. In short, he'd have fit in here just perfectly. In fact, it was our mutual love of guns that caused us to become friends, despite the difference in rank.

    Do me a favor, would ya? Next time you're out at the range, shoot off a few rounds while thinking of 1LT Pierre Piche. That's the kind of tribute I'm sure he'd have enjoyed. Also, please say a prayer for his family.

    Pierre was an excellent soldier. Even after becoming an officer, he never forgot where he came from.

    Frank
     
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    Thoughts sent to family and to you Sir.
    Yep, will send a few rds downrange in memory/salute to one whom has given the ultimate sacrifice.
     
  3. Gus Dddysgrl

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    Thoughts and prayers go out to family. Salutes go to ones lost.

    Definitely will send some down range for him. When carrying too I will think of those who have died to make my right a possibility.
     
  4. critter

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    The loss of a good and brave man, even in a just and necessary cause, is a loss to us all and we all feel it. I know it is even more devistating to family and friends. We are all saddened by the loss and extend our sincerest condolences.

    We also salute the contribution and service by all our servicemen and women and of those who wait at home. God bless them all.
     
  5. BHPshooter

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    I feel for you, man.

    But try to think of it this way: It shouldn't be sad that he gave his life loyally serving his country; it should be sad that so many of us will never have a chance to forever dedicate our existence to liberty. It should be sad that so many, even fellow Americans, trample upon the hallowed graves of Lt. Piche and his comrades.

    We are better as a nation for having a man like him among the ranks, and all the poorer now that he has departed.

    My thoughts to you, and to the lieutenant's family. :(

    Wes
     
  6. Greg L

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    :(

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I will certainly send a few downrange in his (and others) honor the next time out.

    My recruiter was once assigned to my platoon :evil: . But that certainly isn't an appropriate story for this thread.

    Greg
     
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    Sorry for your loss. It really is a loss for us all. We live in dangerous times, and I have the utmost respect for all of our folks in uniform.
     
  8. ARGarrison

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    Freedom isn't free, sometimes the price is high. My prayers and condolences go out to Lt. Piche family and freinds. Consider the rounds sent.
     
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    Outgoing sent!

    Prayers follow ...

    Rusty
     
  10. P95Carry

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    OEF_VET .. that sux, big time. Every time I hear of losses, I think ''somewhere, family is grieving - friends are grieving .. this time it touches closer than usual.
    I most assuredly will bro - you can bet on it.!
     
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    Damn. I'm really sorry to hear that.

    So far everyone I know has been fortunate enough to come back more or less in one piece.

    I'll definitely pop off a few magazines full for Pierre.
     
  12. Khornet

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    Day is done
    Gone the sun
    From the hill, from the lake, from the sky
    Rest in peace
    Soldier brave,
    God is nigh.
     
  13. chaim

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    I'm very sorry to hear that. Sounds like he was one heck of a guy, a real loss to the Army, the country, the cause, and his family and friends. We really need more, not less, like him. I will be at the range in a few hours, I'll think of all those "over there" who have been lost.
     
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    Sympathy and empathy

    My sympathy and prayers for the loss to you, the family and our country.

    My boy is still over there and every time I hear about another crash or attack my heart sinks for the families involved. You live in terror every day of a knock on the door and seeing a uniform on your front porch.

    But my son has told me he wouldn't have it any other way after what he has seen of Hussein's cruelty and the results of his death squads over there.

    Don P.
     
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    Frank,
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thought are with you and the Piche family. Rounds will be fired off for Pierre next trip to the range.
    My BIL is @ BIAP til at least next May. Every time I hear about a casualty there, I hold my breath until their identity is released.
    Here's hoping the Angels are wrapping their wings around the Piche family and the families of all our other brave troops to give them comfort in this difficult time.
     
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    Prayers sent. Freedom isn't free. Thanks to those that foot the bill on my behalf.
     
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    RIP

    And three volleys at the first opportunity, even if I have to do them all by myself.
     
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    My condolences to you, his family, and his friends.
     
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    On bended knee for a fellow military man.

    Condolences to you and the family.

    May God rest his soul.
     
  20. Intune

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    Sad news indeed. Warriors have a special place in my heart. He died while giving others the oportunity to live... Free. Doesn't make the pain any less. My thoughts are with you and his family.
     
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    Hate to hear it. I had a bunch of guys I knew from Basic/Jump School/RIP deploy to Somalia, but thank GOD all of them came home.

    Sorry you have to face this. :(
     
  22. OEF_VET

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    Update

    This week, I learned that Middle Tennessee State University, which is the University I'm currently attending, and the school from which Pierre graduated, is going to be building a memorial in honor of Pierre and other alumni who have given their lives in the service of our nation.

    I have spoken with the professor in charge of the Memorial, who is himself a veteran of Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and have volunteered to do whatever I can to raise money for the Memorial.

    I come here today to ask for whatever help you can give in making this a reality. The school has earmarked a small amount of money, and a little more has been raised thus far from local fund-raising events. However, there is much more work to be done.

    Any donations will be tax-deductible, and will be used to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom. Please help make this a reality.

    http://www.mtsu.edu/~veterans/

    For those who care to donate, follow the link, and click on the "Contribute To The MTSU Veterans Memorial" link. Be sure to designate your donation as going to the MTSU Veterans Memorial Fund.

    Thank you in advance for any help you give in honoring my friend, my comrade, my brother.

    Frank
     
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    Will send 21 downrange for 1LT Pierre Piche. Rest in peace.
     
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    Where is the link?
     
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    Prayers and condolesences sent to all, may he rest in peace~!
     
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