Friday, August 12, 2005

Spc. Casey Sheehan Reenlisted after start of War

Casey had a gentle but firm commitment to family, church and country, re-enlisting after the war started and volunteering for the rescue mission in which he and six others were killed last year.
Faculty adviser Mary Mazzocco said she was suprised when her drama critic announced he had joined the Army in 2000.

He was so sweet and so shy and so quiet, you had a hard time seeing him as a soldier," Mazzocco said. "But he really did get into it. The last time I saw him on campus he was in his uniform and very proud of it and very proud to have made it through basic training."
His decision to sign up surprised his family as well. One night he came home after running some errands and "announced that we were looking at the newest recruit in the U.S. Army," Patrick Sheehan recalled a few days after Casey's death.

Sheehan had dreams of working as an Army chaplain's assistant, but wound up working as a mechanic. His division, the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Tex., was sent to Iraq in March 2004. The last time his parents spoke to him he was on his way to attend Mass before getting ready to convoy into Baghdad.

"On April 4, Palm Sunday, we got the word that Casey had been killed in an ambush," Cindy Sheehan wrote in her essay. "The first chance he got, my brave, wonderful, faithful, sweet, gentle and kind boy volunteered for a rescue mission ... Casey and 20 of his buddies were sent into a raging insurgent uprising to rescue wounded soldiers. Only 13 of them returned."

Since his death, Casey Sheehan has been honored in quiet ways. His old Boy Scout troop created an award in his honor. The chapel at Fort Hood started a new Knights of Columbus chapter that was named the "Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan Council."

In Crawford, a different sort of memorial to his life is unfolding at the makeshift campsite of war protesters who have joined his mother's mission.

"I think he definitely is one of those people who lived his life through a higher calling," observed Allison Corrington, 18, a Sheehan family friend. "He knew there was something big he was supposed to be a part of and definitely worked his way to his goals."

1 comment:

J.R. said...

While one can ceratinly understand that Casey's mom is grieving her son's death there are questions on her motives here. She told The Reporter in June of 2004 :

"'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

"The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

"The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

"For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."

Sheehan's current comments are a striking departure.

She vowed on Sunday to continue her protest until she can personally ask Bush: "Why did you kill my son?"

In an interview on CNN, she claimed Bush "acted like it was party" when she met him last year.

"It was -- you know, there was a lot of things said. We wanted to use the time for him to know that he killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity. And we wanted him to look at the pictures of Casey.

"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name. He came in the room and the very first thing he said is, 'So who are we honoring here?' He didn't even know Casey's name. He didn't want to hear it. He didn't want to hear anything about Casey. He wouldn't even call him 'him' or 'he.' He called him 'your loved one.'

Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.

BLITZER: Like a party? I mean...

SHEEHAN: Yes, he came in very jovial, and like we should be happy that he, our son, died for his misguided policies. He didn't even pretend like somebody...

So folks, did she lie to The Reporter in June 0f 2004 or did she lie to CNN recently ? The two stories are like night and day !

Why is that? I could see if the stories were close or similar, one could say she changed her mind in regards to how she felt then and now. But to tell a completely different tale a year later, something here doesn't click.

Doesn't Casey's mother know that groups like Moron.org and individulas like Michael Mooreon are hanging on to her apron strings to strengthen their own agenda's. She diminshes the death of her Hero Son by associating with these parasites. Too bad she doesn't see it, the rest of her family apparently does.

Spc. Casey Sheehan was a HERO, he volunteerd for the Army and renlisted after the start of the Iraq war. He volunteered for a mission to rescue some fellow soldiers who were ambushed. Unfortunatly he and six other soldiers died saving others. But it was Casey's choice to go on the rescue mission. His Mother should respect his decision to do so and mourn his loss but celebrate his heroic actions and willingness to help wherever and whenever he could. Associating with the likes of Moveon.org and Michael Moore insults her son's Heroic sacrifice for his country.

May Spc Casey Sheehan Rest in Peace
"greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another"

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