In Honor of a Fallen Soldier

Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier’s debt:
He only lived but till he was a man;
The which no sooner had his prowess confirm’d
In the unshrinking station where he fought,
But like a man he died.

Military blogger Andrew Olmstead was killed recently in Iraq. Per his wishes, a last post has been placed on his blog and I wished to share it with our readers.

Per the command by Mr. Olmstead in his post, no political comments will be permitted on this thread.

5 thoughts on “In Honor of a Fallen Soldier

  1. Casper January 5, 2008 / 9:25 pm

    I spent some time today reading some of Maj. Olmstead’s posts. He was smart and funny. And anyone that’s a Babylon 5 fan is ok in my book. RIP Maj. Olmstead. You will be missed.

  2. Faceplant January 6, 2008 / 5:38 am

    As much as we all disagree, and as much as we make eachothers blood boil, I wish to give a sincere thank you to Mr Olmstead. Thank you for what you have done. No matter what we argue about, YOU are the true Hero! In the grand scheme of things, we who argue on a blog, matter little. But you gave your life. And you deserve all the respect in the world!

    Rest In Peace Major Olmstead.


    Jeremy Olson

  3. Faceplant January 6, 2008 / 6:30 am

    By the way, I hope this isn’t the wrong thread to do this. In fact I think this is the perfect thread to do this but…

    I honestly thank you Mark for allowing me to post here. It’s your blog, and you have every right to ban me, but you don’t. And as much as I may disagree with you, you still allow me to post. So, really… Thanks. I enjoy every bit of debate! LOL!

  4. Thrower January 7, 2008 / 12:18 am

    Five hundred comments on this thread would not be enough to properly acknowledge Mr. Olmstead’s sacrifice on our behalf. We have been blessed to have people who were actually willing to die to preserve our right to publically express even the most critical views of our country and its leaders. They are the best of us.

  5. Gary Farber January 10, 2008 / 5:56 am

    Olmsted. Not “Olmstead.”

    Andy would dislike in the extreme someone using his death to speak in favor of waterboarding, in any fashion.

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