The following essay was submitted by SSG Kendall Goerdt via our Facebook Essay Challenge where we invited all of our Facebook Friends to submit a short essay sharing “What is your best experience in (or with) the Military?”
Meeting Different Soldiers from All Branches
One of my best experiences is all the different soldiers I have met in the United States and Overseas of all branches. It was an honor to work with them and get to know them. You get to know how the other Branches work. I have worked with all the Branches and the best one was the Marines when I was in Iraq; if you needed something they didn’t hesitate at all to make sure you had what you needed to do your job efficiently.
The biggest experience was when I was the convoy commander and going from Anaconda to Ramadi down ASR Lincoln. At about 1200HRS ON 11 MAR. 2007 at GRID 38CLC78430404, about 3.5 CLICKS West of ASR GOLDEN & MSR MOBILE, my M1114 HUMVEE hit an IED.
My driver, gunner and I were able to walk away from the explosion with only a level II concussion. We had to wait there for 6 to 8 hours until EOD arrived and assessed the situation before we could leave. They found a second device that had not gone off. We then headed to Habbaniyah. The next morning, when I was in Habbaniyah, I was saluted by the Lieutenant Colonel of the Marines that was in command of one of our sections. As I walked into the building, he saluted me. I found out later that he saluted me because he respected me for what I went through and that I was able to walk away from it.
Remember: “A veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The ‘United States of America’, for an amount of up to and including my life.”
And Freedom isn’t free it is bought and paid for by the BLOOD of our Soldiers
by SSG Goerdt, Kendall