Saturday, January 05, 2008

Major Olmsted & Captain Casey ~ Farewell, and Walk with God

Major Andrew J Olmsted

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms fire during combat operations. Both Soldiers were assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
Killed were:

Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, 37, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cpt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M.

Major Andrew J Olmsted was also a blogger. And, as a blogger he left an 'in case of my death post' - it is well worth the read - a must read.

Personal Blog and Final Message

Deployment Blog

A Blogger's Tribute

Gentelmen - We wish you Farewell. Walk with God.


Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

I will miss Andrew immensely.

Sarge Charlie said...

I read his final post last night, where do we find such fine young men, willing to die for us.

Gary said...


I read his final post and am at a complete loss for words.

The sadness I feel is nearly overwhelming.

I haven'y posted in quite a while; however, this may find its way on Gawfer.

Thank you.

Flag Gazer said...

Yes, Andrew's loss will be felt by many of us across the blogospere.

We are so fortunate that men like Andrew Olmstead and Eddie Jeffers put into words what they saw.

God Bless their families at this difficult time.

Ottavio (Otto) Marasco said...

..."while you're free to think whatever you like about my life and death, if you think I wasted my life, I'll tell you you're wrong. We're all going to die of something. I died doing a job I loved. When your time comes, I hope you are as fortunate as I was."

Amazing! An interesting, moving and very important read..Thank you...

Buck said...

I read Major Olmstead's final post yesterday or the day before... and I agree: mandatory reading for ALL Americans, bar none.

Thanks for posting the link, Cynthia.