Sunday, July 23, 2006

Farewell, SFC Robert P. Kassin

From the Detroit News:

Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, who grew up in Clovis, N.M., died Sunday near Larzab (Afghanistan) when his platoon came under enemy fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

I attended Sgt. Kassin’s memorial service this afternoon over in the Big(ger)TM City. Although I never met Sgt. Kassin, I knew him. I say this because after listening to the eulogies given by family, friends, and his minister, I realize Sgt. Kassin is just like the hundreds, and quite possibly thousands, of other dedicated and patriotic soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines I have had the privilege of knowing throughout my life. Most of the military people I’ve known were professionals, which is to say, folks that made the military their career. Sgt. Kassin was a career soldier, and as noted by nearly every eulogy, he died doing what he loved. His mother made that one of the central points of her tribute. All in all, very moving.

The Highland Baptist Church in Clovis was overflowing with mourners. The presidents of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers and the New Mexico Gold Star Mothers also were in attendence and presented Sgt. Kassin’s mother with a Gold Star flag and various other condolences. The Patriot Guard Riders came in from Albuquerque (and quite a few other places) to provide a 50+ motorcycle (and four cars) procession in his honor; the Clovis Police Department provided an escort for the cavalcade. Honor Guards were provided by Cannon AFB and the American Legion.

By the way… The PGR were kind enough to let me join their procession. Pictures below; as always, click the photo for a larger image.

PGR Pre-Departure Briefing

Almost Ready!

The American Legion Honor Guard

USAF Honor Guard (Cannon AFB)


  1. Quite an experience, eh? Thank you for going.

  2. Sounds like it was a nice service. Quite a difference from what that crack-head Sheehan is doing, isn't it? And great photos as always.

  3. Glad you could be there, Buck. The photos were very moving.

  4. Laurie sez: Quite an experience, eh? Thank you for going.

    Thanks for letting me know about the service, Laurie.

    Becky: Yeah, a lot different than CS's antics. Did you by chance see video of her dancing with that other crack-head, Cynthia McKinney? Fox News had it last week, at McKinney's primary election results party... It wasn't pretty.

  5. Forgot to mention, Laurie. I relayed your greetings to Potsie. That's him doing the PGR briefing in the photo. Nice guy.

  6. Oh Man, and I missed that! How will I ever make it through the day? /sarcasm

    *shudder* I'm glad I missed it!


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