Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Screaming Eagle a hero in both life and death

On April 8th, Spc. Jonathan David "Doc" Hall's life was celebrated on the one-year anniversary of his death. Spc. Hall was a medic with the 101st Airborne serving in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was destroyed by an IED (improvised explosive device). Spc. Hall suffered severe head trauma which led to his death. However, a decision he made long before has helped his family cope with his loss.

As a medic, Spc. Hall was responsible for treating the injuries suffered by his brothers in arms while in combat. He was responsible for doing everything he could to save their lives. When he passed away from the injuries he received while serving his country, he continued to save lives because he was an organ and tissue donor. Six people he never met are alive today because of him. They include :
Patch of the United States Army's 101st Airbor...
  • a 21-year old man who received his heart,
  • a 42-year old man who received his lungs,
  • a 32-year old woman who received his pancreas and left kidney,
  • a 27-year old man who received his right kidney, and 
  • a 49-year old man and young boy who each received part of his liver.
On the day of the celebration, a memorial on his family's farm was dedicated to Spc. Hall's memory. He will not be forgotten because he represents everything that is good about the U.S. military. Our country's military men and women sacrifice every day to protect our freedoms. Spc. Hall's sacrifice gave the six recipients mentioned above physical freedom from the diseases that had them in physical bondage.  

Source : article titled 101st Airborne Soldier's Gift of Life Remembered
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