I don't often talk about my extended family much publically (mostly to protect their privacy) but I just have to break that a bit for today and tell my nephew, Pvt. Brent Carroll, how very proud I am of him.
Brent went into the Army and completed basic training early in the spring and was almost immediately deployed overseas. I know some of you were there standing next to me at CHA Summer when I got the call that Brent was missing in action. It seemed his unit had been attacked and not only were a number of men (boys, really) killed, quite a few went missing as well. Brent was one of those. He was recovered a day or so later (getting info from the military is like pulling teeth at times), physically ok, but mentally scarred. Even though Brent could have taken leave to come home for a while, he chose to stay in the combat situation. His particular job requires that he scout ahead of his unit for Taliban locations and then report back. On one of his recent missions, the Taliban opened fire on his scouting group and killed them all and seriously injured Brent. Brent returned fire and defeated the remaining Taliban.
For his extraordinary bravery and valor in the line of duty, on Veteran's Day, Pvt. Carroll was awarded The Purple Heart.
We love you and are so proud of you, Brent.