Sunday, February 21, 2010


Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
Ky. soldier killed in Afghanistan mourned
The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. --
"A U.S. Army soldier from Louisville who was killed this month in Afghanistan was remembered Saturday as a caring son, brother and friend.
Sgt. Adam J. Ray, 23, was buried in Evergreen Cemetery after a two-hour funeral held at Okolona Christian Church.
He died Feb. 9 from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated in southern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Courier-Journal reported that Ray wrote on his MySpace page that while it was nice to be called a hero because of his military service, he thought the real compliment was when he was compared to his father, who attended West Point and was now a minister.
Despite his accomplishments as a soldier, family and friends spent more time recalling the everyday gifts he gave to those around him, like running to the store to satisfy his pregnant sister's cravings for chocolate ice cream.
His parents no longer live in Louisville, but the family spent a decade there and much of his extended family still lives in the area.
The Army posthumously promoted Ray from a specialist to a sergeant and he also earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Gen. Jon Miller served with Ray's father, Jim, while at West Point 32 years ago.
Miller said Jim Ray told him that his son "was a young man who always stood up in the face of aggression," and who had always wanted to be a soldier.
A letter from his sister, Amanda, was read during the service. She wrote that he supported her through "broken hearts, bad boyfriends, bad friends and bad choices."
Sgt. David Jones said he was with Ray the day he was wounded in Afghanistan. He said he never expected it would be the last time he would see his friend alive.
Ray was chatty and joking even though he was hurt, Jones said, and he gave a thumbs-up as he was loaded into a helicopter.
"To Adam, hopefully I'll live my life correctly, one way or another, and get to see you again," Jones said.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,"
Enought Amierican heroes' lives have been lost in Afghanistan. Let's bring the troops home now. Hal Rogers (R-KY-5, U.S. HOUSE)kept voting to "stay the course" in Iraq and Afghanistan and voting to keep those wars going during the Bush Administration. Kenneth Stepp promises to vote to defund the U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to bring the U.S. Troops home! VOTE FOR PEACE! VOTE FOR STEPP!

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