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Posted: 3/10/2002 9:21:00 AM EDT
I tried to post this last night, but ar15.com was down. It’s a little dated now that you can read the full article [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/10/national/10SOLD.html] here[/url] (link requires registration - it’s free, and you can spoof it.) The New York Times has devoted more than a half page, all six columns, to a story about this soldier in the Sunday edition. This is the amount of space that this paper would normally devote to the death of a Nobel prize winner, a national politician , or some famous personality. This story is not yet on the web site, but the Sunday NYT arrives at my house on Sat night. I’ll quote a few bits of this remarkable young mans life. I think it’ll show you why the NYT took an interest in him. The story is titled “ Sharing Memories of a Young Athlete, Teacher and Soldier”. ( These quotes are taken from the story, there is a lot more there if you read the full article.) “Marc Anderson was born in 1972 in Fort Benning, Ga., where his father was a drill sergeant. ( Sgt. Anderson was a wounded Vietnam vet.)” “Sgt Anderson retired, and settled down in Alliance, OH.” “Marc Anderson lettered on Alliance’s HS football team as a sophomore.” “But his real passion was being a shot-putter” “He placed third in the Ohio HS championship.” “He loved math, and was invited into the National Honor Society.” “He attended Case Western Reserve Univ for 2 years, as an engineering student, before transferring to Fla. State”. “[u]Graduated FSU with a 4.0 GPA [/u]and was honored as FSU top male athlete of the year, 1995". He then became a math teacher at a FL magnet middle school - the NYT then describes, in great detail, the high regard students and teachers felt for him. Three years latter he joined the Army. Speaking to his father - “You served, John served, Steve served, and now it’s my time.” John, his brother, 36, is an active duty Marine. Specialist Anderson became a Ranger, and lost a tooth while fast-roping with his M240 in training. Thought out his Army service he remained in contact with many of his former students who today credit him with much of their success. -END- Now he is dead. KIA in Afghanistan. GWB was with the Anderson family when he was seen with a few tears in his eyes. KIA while defending me, defending you. There are some members of this board who have done as much as this man, maybe even more. I am not one of them. I salute you. I salute Marc Anderson and his family. Mike
Link Posted: 3/10/2002 7:43:15 PM EDT
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God.
Link Posted: 3/10/2002 7:46:58 PM EDT
Only the best can defend us and I'm glad he was there to do it! I hope he rests in peace and his family realizes how much this nation loves him and his brothers.
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