When a soldier pays the ultimate price and lays down his or her life protecting the freedom of our great country it goes largely unnoticed. This week there are two names to report but that is two to many!

Every week I post names of those “who gave all” so I can pay my respects and remember why I have the freedom I enjoy today. My tribute today ends with a brief history lesson on the 21-gun salute; the final honor. As always, you don't need my permission to re-post this tribute.


  • Army Pfc. Cody O. Moosma

    Army Pfc. Cody O. Moosman - Died July 3, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 24, of Preston, Idaho; assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died July 3, in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire.

    Military Times
  • Army Capt. Bruce A. MacFarlane

    Army Capt. Bruce A. MacFarlane - Died July 6, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 46, of Oviedo, Fla.; assigned to 1186th Transportation Company, 831st Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Jacksonville, Fla.; died July 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes.

    Military Times