Monday, August 15, 2011, I spent the day ticking down the hours until 1820 EDT which was 0220 hours local Iraq and the time Mike was killed six years ago. All day I thought "what was Mike doing, what was he thinking, how could he know in "X" hours he would be dead."
Today, when I saw this news clip, I was caught with tears in my heart as I choked back the tears in my eyes for Jeremy Henwood's kindness to a teenage young man who had politely asked him for 10 cents to be able to buy some cookies, and instead, he bought the cookies for this young teenager. If you have to die too soon, what a way to go out, with living proof on video of your kindenss in life, when you wouldn't have too and no one would have known or faulted you otherwise.
We should all be so lucky to have such story be a part of our eulogy, much less our legacy. But is it any wonder that those who serve our country and give so much by going to war multiple times would be known for such kindness and selflessness?
proud dad SGT Mike Stokely
KIA 16 AUG 05 near Yusufiyah Iraq
USA E 108 CAV 48th BCT GAARNG