Sgt. Darrell R. Griffin Jr.
January 24, 2009
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Yesterday, I had lunch with the father of Sgt. Darrell R. Griffin, Jr., who was a 36 year old man who gave his life serving in the Iraq war. I wish that each of you could have the privilege of sitting with Darrell Griffin, Sr. and listening to the heart of a father who lost his best friend and the lessons he learned in this difficult process. I copied an excerpt from a website that I found on the internet. I want to encourage you to Google Sgt. Darrell R. Griffin, Jr. and read about this man’s life. Soon to follow is a book written by both of them that is a must read.
Please keep all of our soldiers in your prayers and thank GOD for the freedoms we have here in the United States of America.
I pray for this family and all the families of our military.
Thank you Darrell, Sr. for your words of wisdom yesterday.
Thank you Darrell, Jr. for the greatest sacrifice.
“Staff Sgt.Darrell R. Griffin, Jr.,36, of Alhambra, Calif., died Mar. 21 in Balad, Iraq, from wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with small arms fire during combat operations. Griffin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Staff Sgt. Griffin served in the Army National Guard prior to joining
the active Army and reporting to Fort Lewis in July 2001 at which time he was assigned to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT). He was deployed to Iraq with the 1st Brigade from October 2004 to September 2005. Griffin was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his actions in saving the lives of three US Soldiers as well as two Iraqi Army soldiers injured during battle in Tal Afar, Iraq. This was Staff Sgt. Griffin’s second tour in Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division approximately one year ago.”