Friday, December 14, 2007

For SGT Roderick Soloman

I recently ordered and received my bracelet with the name SGT Roderic Soloman name inscribed on it.   During OIF 1, I was SGT Soloman's Platoon Sergeant.  On 28 March 2003 at approximately 0230 hrs, My platoon was moving from a checkpoint to a screenline mission,  when the bradley fighting vehicle that SGT Soloman was riding in drove into a 45 foot deep hole.  I watched in horror through my night vision as A21 disappeared from sight.  I was the first one to reach the hole,  the bradley was vertical, standing on its front end,  Of the 12 men on board, only 2 were uninjured.  After we got everyone out of the vehicle, our medics had arrived and began to render first aid to my injured men.  I cradled SGT Soloman's head in my lap as I held a oxygen mask over his face while the medic's did everything in their power to revive him.  He was pronounced dead as soon as he was medavac'd to a field hospital.      There hasn't been a day that has gone by since then that I haven't relived that night. 
A good friend of mine, SSG Michael Webb, my gunner from OIF 1, recently told me about your website.  I immediately ordered a Memorial Bracelet with SGT Soloman's name on it.  I will wear it in his honor for the rest of my life.
SFC Dennis

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