I was Sean's chaplain during OIF I. Today is the second anniversary of his death. I was just talking about Sean this past week. He and I would run together with the other junior officers at our base camp in Kuwait. I barely kept up, but was proud to be with them. Sean and I played chess some, but he always beat me! He had his Marines build a book shelf for me shortly after I arrived in country. I was so grateful for this as I had brought several books with me, and no place to store them. Sean gave me a cuban cigar which we smoked at the victory dinner. What a sight that must have been... the chaplain coughing and the young Marines getting a laugh! He was pretty regular at our Sunday morning worship services, and occassionally at the Wednesday evening Bible Studies. I know that he was searching for God's purpose and meaning in his life. We had some great conversations. I really appreciated his friendship and support during those difficult months in the desert.
Heather and I met last year about this time at the Camp Pendleton hospital where she was stationed. It was a tearful time of sharing, remembering, and praying together. (Heather, if you are reading this, I called the Pendleton hospital last month when I was out there to get in touch with you. They did not show you listed on the staff roster. I will be out your way again next week and plan to come by the house to pay my respects... assuming you are still there.)
Tommorrow I will bury another fallen soldier who died in Iraq two weeks ago. My heart is filled with profound pride and intense sadness. I only wish I could have been present at Sean's funeral.
Heather, and the Brock family remain in my thoughts and prayers. If there is ever anything I can do, please be in touch with me.
Sean, thank you. Every time I visit one of our national cemetaries I remember you... you gave up your life for me, and for my freedom. With God's help, I want to honor you by the way I live my life. Jesus said: "No greater love hath any man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".
Commander Victor Sheldon[email protected]
Chaplain, Sealift Logistics Command Pacific