August 08, 2011

10 yr old's request to CNN: Bryan Nichols screen capture_bryan nichols.jpg

Tissues needed....

Bryan Nichols

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My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission. My father was the pilot of the chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. He is the farthest to the left.


Braydon Nichols, 10 yrs old
Kansas City, MO

CNN hasn't "vetted him yet", but I found this article on his dad and two other heroes who gave all on Saturday:

Via Kansas City Star

Friends remember three area soldiers killed in Afghan crash

Army Reserve Spc. Spencer Duncan was a 2008 Olathe South graduate who at 21 left his Kansas family, his best buddies and his girlfriend because he wanted to serve his country.

He wrote how much he loved his job as a door gunner on a Chinook helicopter. But he also told his friends that in the quiet amid the stark landscape of Afghanistan he missed the Kansas sunsets, lying in a truck bed listening to the radio and cuddling with his sweetie.

Army Spc. Alexander Bennett, 23, had earned a reputation for his pranks on Marines and soldiers, drawing eye rolls from older officers. After a 2009 deployment in Iraq, he moved from the Tacoma, Wash., area to Overland Park to be a flight mechanic in the Army Reserve’s Chinook unit at New Century AirCenter.

Piloting was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols’ dream, something the 31-year-old Kansas City man wanted from the first day he saw a Chinook hoist itself gracefully into the sky. screen capture_Bryan Nichols.jpg

He studied and became one of his unit’s best, a rising star in its stable of skilled pilots[More..]
May this child feel comfort in the love his father gave to him and know his father was a hero in all our eyes. I only wish I could give him a comforting hug, but I can't. May God comfort him in this time of sorrow.

RIP Braydon's father Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols, also Army Reserve Spc. Spencer Duncan and Army Spc. Alexander Bennett.

RIP to all who perished, your families are in our thoughts and prayers..

By Stable Hand at 12:19 AM | Comments |