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The Martin Family
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:39 IP: 22.214.171.124
I’m so grateful for your journal. I’ve just entered my Cow year at USMA, I’ve committed and I’m well into the academic year, but I haven’t been myself lately. Amidst the draw-downs, budget/troop cuts and the monotony of the academy, I felt I was without purpose. Many of my friends enlisted after high school and have already served. I have yet to serve and I doubt I will do so in the capacity you and my contemporaries have. By no means do I wish for conflict, nor do I yearn to be ripped from friends and family to be sent to a warzone, but I haven’t escaped the sense that they did their part and I haven’t done mine. There’s more to my story, but this perspective changed when I read your stories.
For the past few weeks I made it a ritual to read your entries chronologically. I connected with your journey, as I have shared many of the experiences you talked about. You inspired me to enjoy the nuances of the academy and to strengthen my relationships with my buddies. This whole time, I read your story not knowing your fate. It was today that I read your last entry and learned about your death five years ago. This discovery served as my ultimate wake-up call and the impetus for a new look on life. You will never be forgotten and I hope your family finds solace in the fact that you live on in the memory of others and that your memory continues to inspire and positively impact those who keep it.
Be Thou at Peace Tom,