Skip to main content

Tonight, we gather to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas, Jr., who finally gave his last full measure for his country after a long and gallant convalescence in an Army Hospital.

 photo 120820020357-us-soldier-silhouette-story-top_zps7ef8d198.jpg
To fight aloud, is very brave -
But gallanter, I know
Who charge within the bosom
The Calvary of Woe-

Who win, and nations do not see -
Who fall - and none observe -
Whose dying eyes, no Country
Regards with patriot love -

- Emily Dickinson

Staff Sgt. Thomas, 24, of Fontana, CA, died Friday, September 13th in Texas, where he was being treated for horrific burns received in Afghanistan on April 21st in Maiwand, Afghanistan in an explosion described by the Army as a "non-combat-related incident".  His family never gave up on him, though, throughout his courageous battle.

http://www.wgrz.com/...

Sgt. Thomas, who was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, was a squad leader in a mortar platoon with the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas.  He deployed to Afghanistan in December and, sadly, was scheduled to come home to his loving family soon after his accident. He previously spent 10 months as a squad leader during a tour in Afghanistan in 2010.

According to information provided by the Army at Fort Bliss, Thomas was born on Nov. 4, 1988 in San Bernardino. He graduated from Etiwanda High School in June 2006 and enlisted in the Army shortly thereafter.

“He was always there for me,” said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Mitchell who deployed with Thomas to Afghanistan. “Whenever I needed help, professionally and personally, he was there. He always put the welfare of others before himself.”  Sgt. First Class Christopher Amos, Thomas’ platoon sergeant, added: “Any task I gave him, it was always, ‘Too easy, too easy, sergeant.’ He never complained, never griped. He was there for everyone.”....“We were an amazing team. We did everything together,” said Staff Sgt. Hector Pichardo, also assigned to his mortar platoon. “Staff Sgt. Sergeant Thomas is someone I’ll hold in my heart. I’ll always remember him.”

Thomas’ awards include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

http://www.dailybulletin.com/...

Sgt. Thomas is survived by his wife, Kristina and daughter, Hailey.
 photo 6f24ce60-ce50-4787-8a29-227c23c892f1_zps9c616cfb.jpg
The Thomas Family, in happier times
Please join us in prayer for Robert Thomas, and those who loved him.
What is excellent,
as God lives, is permanent.
Hearts turn to dust,
hearts love remains.
Hearts love will meet the again.


- Emerson
Fave
About "I Got the News Today" (IGTNT)

I Got the News Today is a diary series intended to honor service members who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; its title is a reminder that almost every day a military family gets the terrible news about a loved one. Diaries about the fallen usually appear two days after their names are officially released, which allows time for the IGTNT team to find and tell their stories.  The series, which was begun by i dunno, is maintained by Sandy on Signal, Monkeybiz, Noweasels, Blue Jersey Mom, Chacounne, Twilight Falling, Joyful, SisTwo, True Blue Majority,  CalNM, Wide Awake in Kentucky, Maggie Jean, Jax Dem, Kestrel 9000, TheFatLadySings and me, SpamNunn.

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.

If that's not clear, read this:  http://www.dailykos.com/...

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site