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Fallen milblogger

Specialist Jordan Shay was killed in Iraq, two weeks into his second tour, in one of those damnable vehicle accidents.

Specialist Jordan Shay, from his Facebook page.

He blogged from Iraq here, Through Amber Lenses.

Army of Dude has more to say.
It will always be difficult to hear a Regular soldier has been killed, but to see Jordan leave us too soon hits me especially hard. I didn't know Jordan personally, but I knew him well. I understand his need to commit his thoughts to writing to share with the rest of us. He spoke of his teachers and his mother pushing him to write more. I'm eternally grateful for their efforts, and to Jordan to take them up on their challenge. We did not only lose a great soldier, but a gifted writer. We suffer doubly at his loss, for his talent bridged the gap of understanding between soldier and civilian. Jordan's time on earth allowed just sixteen posts to be written in the span of four months, but his writing was honest, measured and disciplined. He must have thought he was bound for something great, but he never realized he was already there.

The United States lost a brave soldier, and the military blog community lost a brave new voice. I ask that you take the time to read his blog from beginning to end. In his comments section, his girlfriend tells us the blog was important to him. I hope he realized how important it was to those who read it.

We've lost a good soldierly voice.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of Specialist Jordan Shay.


God rest his soul; he is in a better place.  He feels no pain, he is whole again.
God Bless him, and all who serve.