After I Used the Picture

I used an image in my last post of the headstone of Alan Dihn Lam. Later, I thought about him, who he was, how he died.

He liked Shakespeare, wrote for his high school newspaper, was talented at drawing. He went to Southern Alamance High School in Graham, N.C. and joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduating. He was the youngest of five siblings, and the only son. His father had bought him a car as a surprise and it was sitting in the family driveway waiting for Alan to come home when he died.

He was killed in a training exercise. A group of Marines were being familiarized with enemy weapons, and a RPG malfunctioned and exploded while he was firing it. Two other Marines were also killed, Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold. A larger group of Marines were wounded by the explosion. Here’s a list of the names of the servicemembers lost in Iraq. As it has always been, America sends her best, and every loss is irreplaceable.

Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
–Ned Dolan