I'd like to announce and congratulate the winner of the Chevron Collection: Nicki from Austin, TX. Nicki shared this memory:
Nicki's memory truly touched me. Like Scott, I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs. He's my neighbor. Or was. I wish I'd known him.
Details.com offers a wonderful biographical portrait of Sgt. Kirkpatrick. He sounds like a regular guy, except that he was both a poet and a soldier whose life suddenly and tragically in Baghdad. He was only 26 years old.
Sometime on Saturday morning, August 11, 2007, Kirkpatrick and his squad were out on patrol in an abandoned building on the outskirts of their sector in Arab Jabour. Private First Class William L. Edwards, a 23-year-old from Houston, Texas, stayed behind in the Bradley that had transported them there. At some point, Edwards opened the hatch and was hit by a sniper’s bullet. As the sniper darted into a nearby house, Scott and three other ranking soldiers pursued him into the building. Inside, one of the soldiers stepped onto a pressure plate rigged to 30 pounds of explosives stashed under a stairwell. In an instant, all four young men were dead. Edwards died later in an Army hospital.Sgt. Kirkpatrick was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a Maryland State Patriot Medal. Let us all hold the Sargeant and his family in our hearts today and pray for the safe return of all of our soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and indeed throughout the world.