Who’s a hero?

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 26 com­men­tary “Ev­ery sol­dier a hero? Hardly.”

Hero­ism is syn­ony­mous with valor, brav­ery and for­ti­tude. Sol­diers, in war and com­bat, daily dis­play these acts with such great hu­mil­ity that one can only won­der where they sum­mon these im­mense virtues.

Sgt. Robert Arm­strong is the sole sur­vivor of a satchel bomb that was dropped from the roof of a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in Iraq that he was pro­tect­ing. Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin of Bel­ton, Pfc. Wil­fredo Perez Jr. and Spc. Jonathan Paul Barnes died in that 2003 at­tack. They were and al­ways will be he­roes, and im­mense shame should fall upon any­one who would in­fer oth­er­wise.

That is one of count­less tales these wars have pro­vided. It’s easy to print or speak inanity un­der the aegis of anonymity or dis­tance; but tell a child their fa­ther or mother is not a hero for serv­ing in com­bat. A hero is some­one who com­mits acts of brav­ery and honor un­der atro­cious con­di­tions in which any­one else would fal­ter.

Michael McKenzie Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom vet­eran A Com­pany, 1-67 Armor, 4th In­fantry Di­vi­sion mjm­cken­zie4444@ya­hoo.com

Le­an­der

My fam­ily and I ate at the orig­i­nal Ker­bey Lane Cafe on Tues­day while I was on lunch break from my job as an ac­tive-duty Navy of­fi­cer. I was wear­ing my blue cam­ou­flage uni­form.

When we fin­ished our ex­cel­lent meal and asked for the check, our wait­ress told me an anony­mous pa­tron, who had just left, al­ready paid my fam­ily’s tab.

Be­cause I was in uni­form, we were rec­og­nized as a mil­i­tary fam­ily. We cer­tainly did not ex­pect your kind­ness and were truly touched. I wanted so much to thank you in per­son, but as you had left and wished to re­main anony­mous, I feel the best way to ex­press my thanks is through this let­ter.

So to that anony­mous pa­tron here in Austin: Thank you for your hos­pi­tal­ity, and I am proud to serve you and this great coun­try of ours! I am truly hum­bled. lt. cMdr. MiKe evans

United States Navy michae­lae­vans@austin.rr.com

Cedar Park

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