William Few, Jr. – Signer of the Constitution – Georgia

william_fewWilliam Few, Jr., (William) who represented Georgia at the Constitutional Convention, was a self-made man. Born 8 June 1748, he was the third son of William, Sr., and Mary Wheeler Few. Other children born to that union were: Col. Benjamin Few (1744-1805), James Few (1746-1771), Capt. Ignatius Few (1750-1810), Hannah Few [Howard] (1753), and Elizabeth Few [Lee, Andrew, Bush] (1755-1829). The family struggled against the poverty and hardships that were the common lot of the small yeoman farmer. Few achieved both social prominence and political power. Exhibiting those characteristics of self-reliance vital for survival on the American frontier, he became an intimate of the nation’s political and military elite. The idea of a rude frontiersman providing the democratic leaven within an association of the rich and powerful has always excited the American imagination, nurtured on stories of Davy Crockett and Abe Lincoln. In the case of the self-educated Few, that image was largely accurate.

William’s inherent gifts for leadership and organization, as well as his sense of public service, were brought out by his experience in the Revolutionary War. Important in any theater of military operations, leadership and organizational ability were particularly needed in the campaigns in the south where a dangerous and protracted struggle against a determined British invader intimately touched the lives of many settlers. William’s dedication to the common good and his natural military acumen quickly brought him to the attention of the leaders of the Patriot cause, who eventually invested him with important political responsibilities as well.

The war also profoundly affected William’s attitude toward the political future of the new nation, transforming the rugged frontier individualist into a forceful exponent of a permanent union of the states. Men of his stripe came to realize during the years of military conflict that the rights of the individual, so jealously prized on the frontier, could be nurtured and protected only by a strong central government accountable to the people. This belief became the hallmark of his long public service.

The Few family might well serve as the prototype of those mobile Americans forever seeking better times down the road. Descendants of Quaker farmers who emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1680s, the Fews lived in northern Maryland, where they eked out a modest living raising tobacco on small holdings. When a series of droughts struck the region in the 1750s, the Fews and their neighbors, actually a sort of extended family consisting of cousins and distant relations found themselves on the brink of ruin. The whole community decided to abandon its farms and try its luck among the more fertile lands on the southern frontier.

The group ultimately selected new home sites along the banks of the Eno River in Orange County, North Carolina. Here young William developed the skills expected of the eighteenth-century farmer. Such a life left little time for formal schooling, although the community hired an itinerant teacher for a brief time in the 1760s. From this experience Few obtained a rudimentary education that led to a lifelong love of reading. Essentially a self-educated man, William also found time to read law and qualify as an attorney despite a full-time commitment to the unrelenting demands of agricultural toil.

In time the Few family achieved a measure of prosperity, emerging as political leaders in rural Orange County. Like many other western settlers, however, the family became involved with the Regulators, a populist movement that grew up in reaction to the political and economic restrictions imposed on the frontier farmers by the merchants and planters of the tidewater area. By 1771 protest had become confrontation, and a large group of mostly unarmed westerners gathered to clash with North Carolina militia units at the “battle” of the Alamance. The uneven fight ended in total victory for the militia, although most of the frontiersmen’s demands for political representation and economic relief eventually would be met by the state legislature. More immediately, one of William’s brothers was hanged for his part in the uprising. The rest of the family fled to western Georgia, leaving William behind to settle their affairs and sell their property.

These antagonisms within North Carolina began to evaporate as American opinion turned against the imperial measures instituted by Great Britain in the 1770s. Both the eastern planters and the new settlers found repressive new taxes and restrictions on western expansion at odds with their idea of self-government, and Patriot leaders were able to unite the state against what they could portray as a threat to the liberties of all parties. By the time open warfare erupted in Massachusetts in 1775, North Carolina had begun to revitalize its militia formations, hastily training them in the linear tactics used by British regulars as well as in the techniques of frontier warfare employed by their traditional Indian foes.

William participated in this training as one of the first men to enlist in the volunteer militia company formed by Patriot leaders in Hillsborough. Typically, his unit received its tactical instruction from a veteran of the colonial wars, in this case a former corporal in the British Army who was Wed by the company as its drill sergeant. Citing the press of family business, William rejected the offer of a captaincy in one of the first units North Carolina raised for the Continental Army in the summer of 1775. But when he finally settled the family’s accounts the next year and joined his relatives in Augusta, Georgia, where he opened a law office, he quickly placed his newly acquired military knowledge at the service of the Patriot cause in his new state.

Georgia organized its citizen-soldiers on a geographical basis, forming local companies into a regiment in each county. William joined the Richmond County Regiment, which his older brother commanded. For the next two years William’s military duties consisted of attending military assemblies where he instructed his friends and neighbors in the skills he had acquired in the North Carolina militia. Only in 1778, when Georgia faced the threat of invasion by a force of Loyalist militia and British regulars based in Florida, was William finally called to active duty.

The Georgians’ first military campaign ended in disaster. A force of state and Continental units successfully combined to repulse an enemy raid on Sunbury near the states southeastern border, but a counterattack orchestrated by Major General Robert Howe of the Continental Army and Governor John Houston bogged down before the Patriots could reach St. Augustine. Few, now in command of a company of Georgia militia, watched the collapse of the campaign’s logistical support and then the disintegration of the force itself, as senior officers bickered among themselves and as disease began to decimate the units. Only half of the American soldiers survived to return home. At the end of the year a sudden amphibious invasion by British forces resulted in the capture of Savannah and the destruction of the rest of the Continental units under Howe and most of the eastern militia formations. Armed resistance to the British continued in the western part of the state, led by the Richmond County Regiment. Throughout 1779 the regiment, with Few now second in command, frequently turned out to skirmish with probing British units, eventually forcing the enemy to abandon Augusta, which the British had captured soon after the fall of Savannah.

The success of the citizen-soldiers in defending their own homes began to reverse the fortunes of war in Georgia, prompting the new Continental commander in the region, Major General Benjamin Lincoln, to take the offensive. Lincoln combined his continentals and militia units from Georgia and South Carolina with a French force newly arrived from the Caribbean to lay siege to Savannah. He immediately encountered difficulty, however, in coordinating the efforts of his diverse forces. The French, under pressure to terminate operations quickly in order to move on to other assignments, persuaded Lincoln to launch a full frontal attack. The result was a bloody defeat, but Few’s militiamen participated in a successful rear-guard action that shielded the retreat of the American units. In the aftermath of the battle his regiment was posted to the frontier where the Creek Indians, interpreting the defeat before Savannah as proof of the Georgians’ weakness, had taken to the field in support of British forces.

Enemy operations in Georgia in 1779 were part of a new “southern strategy” by which the British planned to use the state as a base for conquering the rebellious colonies in a sweep up from the south. Few’s military service in the later years of the war proved critical both in frustrating this strategy and in enhancing his credentials as a state leader. The western forces, in which Few’s regiment played a prominent role, kept the British from consolidating their position. The area never developed into a secure Loyalist base, and British troops needed for subsequent operations against the Carolinas and Virginia had to be diverted to counter the threat posed by the frontier militia units. Few emerged as a gifted administrator and logistician in this demanding and difficult effort to maintain a viable military force in Georgia. He also turned into a bold, innovative partisan commander. Experience and innate common sense enabled him to develop patience, preserve his forces for key attacks, and then pick his time and place to defeat small enemy parties without unduly risking the safety of his men. Most important, he displayed the raw physical stamina required to survive the serious hardships of guerrilla warfare.

Military success went hand in hand with political service. During the late 1770s Few also won election to the Georgia Assembly, sat on the states Executive Council, acted as state surveyor-general, represented Georgia in negotiations with the Indians that succeeded in minimizing the danger of frontier attacks, and served as Richmond County’s senior magistrate. William’s growing political prominence and undisputed talent for leadership prompted the state legislature in 1780 to appoint him to represent Georgia in the Continental Congress.

Few served in Congress less than a year when, in the wake of General Nathanael Greene’s successful effort to drive the British out of most of Georgia, Congress sent him home to help reassemble Georgia’s scattered government. This task accomplished, Few returned to Congress in 1782, where he remained to serve throughout most of the decade. While a member of that body, William was asked by his state to serve concurrently in the Constitutional Convention that met in Philadelphia in 1787. This dual responsibility caused him to split his time between the two bodies and therefore to miss portions of the constitutional proceedings. Nevertheless, he firmly supported the effort to create a strong national union and worked hard to secure the Continental Congress’ approval of the new instrument of government. He also participated in the Georgia convention in 1788 that ratified the document.

Georgia promptly selected Few to serve as one of its original United States senators. Planning to retire from politics at the expiration of his term in 1793, he bowed instead to the wishes of his neighbors and served yet another term in the state legislature. In 1796 the Georgia Assembly appointed him as a circuit court judge. During this three-year appointment he not only consolidated his reputation as a practical, fair jurist but became a prominent supporter of public education. His efforts to establish a state university indicated the importance this self-educated man gave to formal instruction.

At the urging of his wife, a native New Yorker, Few left Georgia in 1799 and moved to Manhattan. There, he embarked on yet another career of public service, while supporting his family through banking and the occasional practice of law. His new neighbors promptly elected him to represent them in the state legislature and later as a city alderman. He also served for nine years as New York’s inspector of prisons and one year as a federal commissioner of loans before finally retiring to his country home in Dutchess County, New York.

William’s career clearly demonstrates the potential for economic and social advancement that existed for men of ability in colonial society. More importantly, it revealed the willingness, common among many of these self-made men, to place their talents at the service of the nation in war and in peace.

When Few died on 16 July 1828, at the age of 80 in Fishkill-on-the-Hudson (present Beacon), he was survived by his wife (born Catherine Nicholson) and three daughters. Originally buried in the yard of the local Reformed Dutch Church, his body was later reinterred at St. Paul’s Church, Augusta, GA.

James Nicholas “Nick” Rowe

20727_126565512531Who was Nick Rowe? Unless you are in a special forces group, a military history connoisseur, or a conspiracy theorist you probably would not have heard of him. . . . Oh wait . . . there are the materials he wrote Five Years to Freedom about his experience as a prisoner of war during Vietnam . . . and then there’s the SERE Manual . . . What is SERE? Oh, well, you see SERE is the training Colonel Rowe developed at the request of the US Army and used by all the services so there does not have to be any “on the job training” if someone is captured by the enemy. You see SERE stands for Survival Evade Resist Escape. It is based on then Lt Rowe’s 62 month experience as a prisoner of war and his escape.

Lets go back and start at the beginning. James Nicholas “Nick” Rowe was born in McAllen, TX on 08 February 1938. Graduated from high school and was admitted to United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point), New York. He graduated in 1960, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. In 1963, 1st Lt. Rowe was sent to the Republic of Vietnam. He was assigned as an Executive Officer of Detachment A-23, 5th Special Forces Group. It was a 12-man “A-Team”. A-23 was located at Tan Phu in the An Xuyen Province. They advised a Civilian Irregular Defense Group encamped in the Mekong Delta region.

29 October 1963 Lt. Rowe, Captain Humberto R. “Rocky” Versace and Sergeant Daniel Pitzer, were captured by the Viet Cong (VC) during a fight and were imprisoned in the U Minh Forest in Southern Vietnam. For 62 months he battled dysentery, beriberi, various fungal diseases along with arduous psychological and physical torture. He lived in a bamboo cage, 3 x 4 x 6 feet in size. One of the most important factors was this . . . Nick Rowe was a SURVIVOR (emphasis added). Immediately he began looking for ways to resist his tormentors, and make escape plans.

Being an intelligence officer he knew it was vital to convince the VC he was unimportant. He was able to convince his captors he was a “draftee” engineer who was responsible for building school and community facilities. He assured them he knew very little about the military. After a test, the VC were convinced he was as he claimed. That only lasted until a “peace-seeking” group from the United States came to “insure the American POWs were safe and being treated humanely.” This group had a list of prisoners that included the names, but also the job duties while in Nam. When his captors saw this they were livid. Lt Rowe was brutally beaten, stripped and staked naked in the swamp. For two days he was blanketed by mosquitoes, despite their best efforts Rowe would not brake.

Scheduled for execution in late December 1968, Rowe successfully escaped in his “black pajamas” when a group of helicopters came into the area. At first the door gunner thought he was a VC since they wore “black pajamas”. Rowe convinced them who he was and they flew him to safety. He learned that he had been promoted to Major while he had been in captivity! For additional information read Five Years to Freedom.

For more information on Colonel James N. “Nick” Rowe there are several articles in Wikipedia, Military.com, History.com and several books written that are written about him or include him as subject matter. He was true gentle man, regardless what he endured. He loved his God, his family, and his country and gave his life for her in Quezon City, Philippines on 21 April 1989. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery Section 48 lot 2165-A.

From the Heart of a Soldier

PTSD will not take my life

As I share the memories of this life,

They come forth causing only strife.

For life has been so hard you see

Keeping others from loving me.

Walking through forest, glade and hill,

waiting, watching, wondering still

Will there be a time for us

Or will we simply turn to dust

While living with these facts, so true

It’s helpful that you know them too.

For times may come I can’t preclude

Causing stressful interludes,

Where memories return to facts so real

One wonders if they’ll ever heal

Healing after years of waiting,

During these times often hating

The events that caused the memories to form

Are always extremely far from the norm

Change them if I could? You ask.

No, I would never choose that task.

For the sacrifices once made by me

Were made to set many others free

And if events present a new

I’ll be right there to fight with you

The memories of the new inlayed

Upon the ones already made

Even then I will not cave

Provided we don’t see the grave.

The Anniversary of 9/11: Military Action

I still remember to this day where I was on 9-11-01. I had just gotten into work that morning when the news was turned on in time to see the second plane hit the tower. Watching, I took notice of reports that did not add up to begin with. The confusion as to flight numbers and where they had departed from could be understandable, but then one thing that did catch my attention was the reports of grounding all United Airline flights. That was interesting, why not ground all airlines? Maybe they did and the report I was watching only mentioned United at the time. I did look up to the sky to see no planes circling for emergency landings in Indianapolis though, where I worked just a few miles from the airport. That was haunting, how could there be no planes in the area that needed to be on the ground and accounted for?

We lost a lot of lives in the attack. We had many brave men and women rush into the buildings that could have easily hesitated and saved their own lives. We saw America, home of the brave, under attack with little to go on while confusion lingered for months to years. Architectural engineers surfaced to claim the buildings would not have evaporated like they did from where they were struck. Others argued that the heat caused the structure to fail. I don’t know about the design and any flaws and don’t allow myself to get caught in that web. What I do know is we never heard from any family members of the victims inside those two planes that day though, only the one that went down in the field. The Pentagon was also struck by a “large commercial airliner,” leaving a small hole in the wall of the records department. Again, you see no family members speaking out on those lost in that flight. What were lost though were records that would have traced missing money mentioned the day before. Again, I will not get into conspiracy theories here or take away from any lives lost.

Americans came together on that day, hell bent on payback. I too, wanted to enlist but is when I found out I had narcolepsy and wasn’t always asleep for no reason. I was on the bench and worried about the younger men and women going into battle with cowards that strike in ways the United States never would.

We never questioned any reasons why a business partner of our president at the time would commit such an act of terrorism. We only rallied behind him. We first entered into Iraq, looking for a coward who was reported by some sources to be in the US still. We quickly lost our way and decided it was time to take out Sadom Hussein years after Desert Storm. Now the goal to me became clear, our leaders were already beginning a hostile takeover of the Middle East. We began destroying anything that resembled their current ways in hopes to build a “Democracy” and probably an ally. We only made things worse allowing the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda to run rampant through the country. We then crossed into Afghanistan to finally find this elusive Bin Laden. Many more years passed while we also broke down any structured system they had in place allowing the same to occur as in Iraq. We finally, after 10+ years, found our target and took him out. Did this end our invasion, of course not because that was never the goal to begin with?

We then heard here in the US that we couldn’t just pull troops out of a tattered nation and leave them to fend for themselves. In reality, we could have found Bin Laden and disposed of him without the means of war in the first place and to prove that, look at all we have taken out with drone strikes since then.

Now, on the 12th anniversary of the attack on American soil, our so called leaders will vote on striking Syria with the rebels, the same rebels we allowed to take so many lives from us. On a day we should celebrate in remembrance of civilians and first responders that paid the ultimate price for freedom, our government is seeking to destroy yet another country.

If you still do not see the initial goal taking shape for an Islam led world takeover, let us look at Egypt again. Once Morsi was forced out, what happened? Total destruction occurred with Obama showing support for the Morsi regime once again. We are looking at a strategic one world takeover led by the men who are not afraid to use methods that the Geneva Convention does not allow others to use, killing women, children and elderly that stand in the way.

Bryan Turner

Remembering the Warriors of the Past Part 1

The United States seems to have lost pride in its’ military. There have been 6,726 deaths of our brothers and sisters, since 2001, in the 3 operations (Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn) of war. As this took me a while to put together, I only found ONE source who actually put together all of the names of these brave souls who lost their lives while serving our great nation, may it be death by accident or in combat. Military Times has pictures, as well as how they passed and other information, including some that have biographies.

As a country, I believe that we need to know the names of the soldiers that have laid down their lives in service; because we need to honor their service, whether they were killed in action or not. So the list I am providing is by state and date they were killed. Since mainstream media and our government will not honor them, I will.

Please take the time, as I have, to respect those who were selfless enough to want to fight for our freedoms and liberties. May they be at peace with God, and may they know that we will continue to honor them until the end of time.

I will be breaking down the list into parts since it is so long. These are the brave souls that lost their lives between the years of 2001-2002.


Stephen L. Bryson
Hometown: Montgomery
Gunnery Sergeant, United States Maine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Jeremy D. Foshee
Hometown: Pisgah
Sergeant, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Brian C. Prosser
Hometown: Frazier Park
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
Died December 5, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Matthew W. Bancroft
Hometown: Redding
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002

Dwight J. Morgan
Hometown: Mendocino
Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Heavy Helicopter Squadron 351
Died January 20, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Neil C. Roberts
Hometown: Woodland
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class, United States Navy
SEAL Team 2
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Jason D. Cunningham
Hometown: Camarillo
Senior Airman, United States Air Force
38th Rescue Squadron
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Sean M. Corlew
Hometown: Thousand Oaks
Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force
16th Special Operations Wing
Died June 12, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Daniel A. Romero
Hometown: Lafayette
Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
19th Special Forces Group
Died April 15, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Christopher M. Blaschum
Hometown: Port St. Joe
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
Fighter Squadron 143
Died March 2, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Bradley S. Crose
Hometown: Orange Park
Sergeant, United States Army
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Marc A. Anderson
Hometown: Brandon
Specialist, United States Army
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Matthew J. Bourgeois
Hometown: Tallahassee
Chief Hospital Corpsman (SEAL), United States Navy
Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base
Died March 27, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Antonio J. Sledd
Hometown: Hillsborough
Lance Corporal, United States Marines
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Died October 8, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Evander E. Andrews
Hometown: Solon
Master Sergeant, United States Air Force
366th Civil Engineering Squad
Died October 10, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Bryant L. Davis
Hometown: Chicago
Machinist Mate Fireman Apprentice, United States Navy
USS Kitty Hawk
Died November 7, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

James Henry Ebbers
Hometown: Bridgeview
Private II, United States Army
551st Military Police Company
Died October 14, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Jeannette L. Winters
Hometown: Gary
Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Jamie O. Maugans
Hometown: Derby
Sergeant, United States Army
710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment
Died April 15, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Justin J. Galewski
Hometown: Olathe
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment
Died April 15, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Walter F. Cohee III
Hometown: Wicomico
Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
Died January 20, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Daniel H. Petithory
Hometown: Cheshire
Staff Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
Died December 5, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Bruce A. Rushforth Jr.
Hometown: Middleboro
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Vincent Parker
Hometown: Preston
Engineman 1st Class, United States Navy
Norfolk Naval Station
Died November 18, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Mark Jackson
Hometown: Glennie
Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
1st Special Forces Group
Died October 2, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Curtis D. Feistner
Hometown: White Bear Lake
Major, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Philip J. Svitak
Hometown: Joplin
Sergeant, United States Army
2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Kristofer T. Stonesifer
Hometown: Missoula
Private First Class , United States Army
3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Died October 19, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Jason A. Disney
Hometown: Fallon
Specialist, United States Army
7th Transportation Battalion
Died February 13, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Kerry W. Frith
Hometown: Jamesville
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Matthew A. Commons
Hometown: Boulder City
Private First Class, United States Army
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

New Mexico

Christopher J. Speer
Hometown: Albuquerque
Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Died August 7, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

New York

Benjamin Johnson
Hometown: Rochester
Electronics Technician, United States Navy
Norfolk Naval Station
Died November 18, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Giovanny Maria
Hometown: Queens
Private 2nd Class, United States Army
10th Mountain Division
Died November 29, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Michael J. Jakes Jr.
Hometown: Brooklyn
Electrician’s Mate Fireman Apprentice, United States Navy
USS Kitty Hawk
Died December 4, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Scott N. Germosen
Hometown: New York City
Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Peter P. Tycz II
Hometown: Tonawanda
Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
3rd Special Forces Group
Died June 12, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Steven Checo
Hometown: New York City
Sergeant, United States Army
504th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Died December 20, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

North Carolina

James P. Dorrity
Hometown: Goldsboro
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Stanley L. Harriman
Hometown: Wade
Chief Warrant Officer 2, United States Army
3rd Special Forces Group
Died March 2, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Bartt D. Owens
Hometown: Middletown
Captain, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

William L. McDaniel II
Hometown: Greeneville
Master Sergeant, United States Air Force
320th Special Tactics Squadron
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Jody L. Egnor
Hometown: Middletown
Chief Warrant Officer 2, United States Army
E. Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Bryan P. Bertrand
Hometown: Coos Bay
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

South Carolina

Daniel G. McCollum
Hometown: Irmo
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Jefferson D. Davis
Hometown: Watauga
Master Sergeant, United States Army
3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
Died December 5, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Nathan R. Chapman
Hometown: San Antonio
Sergeant 1st Class, United States Army
3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group
Died January 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

John A. Chapman
Hometown: Waco
Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force
24th Special Tactics Squadron
Died March 4, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Brian T. Craig
Hometown: Houston
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
710th Explosive Ordnance Detachment
Died April 15, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Nathan P. Hays
Hometown: Wilbur
Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352
Died January 9, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Juan M. Ridout
Hometown: Maple Tree
Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force
320th Special Tactics Squadron
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Thomas F. Allison
Hometown: Tacoma
Specialist, United States Army
E Co, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Died February 22, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

West Virginia

Gene Arden Vance Jr.
Hometown: Morgantown
Sergeant, United States Army
19th Special Forces Unit
Died May 19, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Anissa A. Shero
Hometown: Grafton
Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force
16th Special Operations Wing
Died June 12, 2002 (Operation Enduring Freedom)


Jonn J. Edmunds
Hometown: Cheyenne
Specialist, United States Army
3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Died October 19, 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom)

Jason Vandeberg

The Devil is Begining to Win the War for Souls in America


The Constitution of the United States of America (Founded, written, and signed by mostly Christians and on Christian Principles).

Christians are being attacked on multiple fronts here in America. Our own government, which was built upon the rock of God’s fairness, equality, faith, and morals is attacking us.

Allow me to provide a few examples: In 2006, State Senator Obama visited Europe and the Middle East, where he made a series of speeches. Before his final speech, Obama stood next to Turkey’s President and stated that in the US, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.” Perhaps this is what recently led Michelle Obama to say that President Obama ”knows we are going to have to change our traditions and our history”. I wonder if some of that history-changing has to do with denying that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles created by God-fearing men?

In a written statement, the Pentagon told Fox News that “religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense” and that “court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis, and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome in specific cases”. A consultant that has been brought in to help the Pentagon develop new policies on religious tolerance says that sharing the gospel with someone else is like “rape” and that he would like to see “hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage”. His name is Mikey Weinstein, and he is the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In the past, he has described Christians as “human monsters” and “enemies of the United States Constitution“. He says that sharing the gospel in the military is “sedition and treason” and should be punished as such. Why in the world would such a man be brought in to advise the Pentagon about religious tolerance?

Obamacare would like to force us into buying a product that we as Christians (the overwhelming majority of) do not want to be a part of, the morning after pill (abortion pill). If we pay for Obamacare, we’re paying for the pill. In Venice, Florida authorities are cracking down on Shane and Marlen Roessiger for holding a Bible study in their home on Friday nights. The meetings consist of at most 10 people gathering for a time of prayer and Bible study, but authorities in Venice insist that this is a “zoning violation” and Shane and Marlen Roessiger are being threatened with a fine of $250 per meeting. These are just a few examples of our own government waging War against Christians.

If that alone doesn’t bother you, how about some statistics: In a survey by Lifeway Resources that some 54,000 plus Americans between the ages of 18-29 contributed to show, 65% rarely or never pray with others, and 38% almost never pray by themselves either. 65% rarely or never attend worship services of any kind. 67% don’t read the Bible or any other religious texts on a regular basis. That is a solid two-thirds of American young adults who don’t even have the slightest connection to traditional Christianity. One survey conducted by the Barna Group found that less than 1 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 23 hold a Biblical worldview. The Barna Group asked participants in the survey if they agreed with the following six statements….

1) Believing that absolute moral truth exists.
2) Believing that the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches.
3) Believing that Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic.
4) Believing that a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or by doing good works.
5) Believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth.
6) Believing that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

Less than 1 percent!!! That as an American, as a Christian is a hard pill to swallow. Never before in U.S. history has an entire generation rejected the gospel as much as the current one has.

Just as scary, from 2000-2010 the number of muslims and muslim mosques in America has literally Doubled, all while the number of devout Christians has dropped. The same is happening in Europe, where is quite possible by 2020 that Muslims will out number Christians.

Now for a global ray of sunshine, the number of Christians in countries such as Africa, Asia and Egypt have risen considerably in the last 10 years. Hopefully it’s a sign that the work of Lottie Moon and other women and men like her is paying off. As I hope it would, given the dues they’ve paid.

As for America’s youth, they’re not stupid. They know what is real and what is not. The Church in America is broken. It is very rare to find a church where authentic Christianity is being practiced anymore. If the Church in America would repent and turn back to real, authentic Christianity at least we would have a chance of capturing the attention of those young Americans who are honestly looking for the truth.

Excerpts from our United States Declaration of Independence.
:The separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s “God” entitle them,
:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their “Creator” with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
:appealing to the “Supreme Judge” of the world

We can not let Our Creator, the Supreme Judge, Our God be taken from us or our youth. We must fight for what we believe in. The word Revival is not strong enough. God needs foot soldiers on the ground Here and Now. There is no time to waste. With enough people, enough voices, enough examples of Christianity (ourselves) and God by our side….we can win this war for souls in America.

Dear Lord, I pray for your helping hand, to bring about an uprising of your followers. That we may evangelize like never before. That we may spread your word faster than the cancer that is eating away at the very heart of our country.
In Jesus holy name I pray, Amen.