One September 3rd, 2009, 22-year old Specialist Jordan Shay was killed in Baqubah, Iraq. A week and a half before he died, he tweeted: “back in iraq for round two, probably won’t fire a shot in anger all tour. sucks.”
A few days later, Shay updated his blog. He wrote about the Sweet Tarts he gave to the local kids, the pictures he snapped with Iraq soldiers, the cluelessness of his “blundering platoon leader,” and his hope for this tour — shootouts or not.
We are respected in Baqubah. We are also feared. Our battalion has a fantastic opportunity to use these facts to our advantage and make a real difference before the withdrawal of all combat forces in the summer of next year. We made a difference in 2007, we could do it again in 2009. I fear we will not.
Then, on the way back from a mission, Shay’s armored vehicle rolled over and fell 60 feet from a bridge.
Shay is one of a half-dozen troops who perished in recent years, but whose words still remain online. On Memorial Day, take a few minutes to read through the blogs of service members like Shay, Sergeant Christopher Abeyta, Captain Jenna Wilcox, and Major Andrew Olmstead.