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An Old Soldiers Prayer for The Fort Hood Shooting Victims

Updated on December 4, 2010

Several days ago, a commissioned officer in the United States Army, violated not only his Oath of Office to the United States, but his oath as a care giver to “First Do No Harm”. Additionally, he violated a sacred trust with his fellow soldiers, both Officer and Enlisted to not only “well and faithfully discharge the duties of his office” but to do so in a way that preserves the force. For my civilian readers this means we (soldiers) expect our officers to find the way to accomplish a mission that minimizes harm to his soldiers. I can only imagine the stun and shock of the soldiers in that building to see a Major in uniform do what he did that day.

He is in my view; a traitor and a coward that exceeds the treachery of Benedict Arnold, to term his actions despicable are an understatement that belies the emotion with which I utter the word. This individual has tried to hide behind the cover of his faith to shirk his duty. His ‘religious’ quandary had been conveniently brought in to focus as he finished his training and held the benefit of a medical education that he not only received for free but was highly compensated for as an officer in the US Army while in training. He had served previously as an enlisted soldier so there is no doubt as to his knowledge of the special obligations that accompany the rank bestowed upon him.  

His cowardice and treason will enter the history books, but let his name be forever removed from the rolls of the US Army and the Medical Corps. Instead let us remember those who were serving and doing their duty that day.

Sergeant Kimberly Munley is a name we should write in stone as a hero of the first order. I pray Sgt Munley for your complete and speedy recovery as I do for all those wounded that day. I am certain that there will be many more stories coming forth of heroic efforts on the part of the survivors to help the fallen in their hour of need.

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Sgt Amy Krueger
Sgt Amy Krueger
Spc Jason Dean Hunt
Spc Jason Dean Hunt
Pfc Francheska Velez & Child
Pfc Francheska Velez & Child
Pfc Aaron Thomas Nemelka
Pfc Aaron Thomas Nemelka
Pfc Michael Pearson
Pfc Michael Pearson
Cpt Russell Seager
Cpt Russell Seager
SSG Justin M DeCrow
SSG Justin M DeCrow
Pfc Kham Xiong
Pfc Kham Xiong
Cpt John Gaffaney
Cpt John Gaffaney
Maj L Eduardo Caraveo
Maj L Eduardo Caraveo
Mr Michael Grant Cahill
Mr Michael Grant Cahill
LTC Juanita Warman
LTC Juanita Warman

My heart goes out to each and all of these soldiers and civilians and their families, comrades, and friends and hope these humble words can provide some small comfort and memento in your hours of grief. God Bless you.

Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God, the Great Commander, to summon to the immortal legions my fellow comrades-in-arms

I humbly bow to the will of Divine Providence, while ever cherishing in my heart the memory of their distinguished service to our country and the free people of the world.

I do mourn the passing of, my fellow soldiers and civilians.

I commend their souls to all the works and to God the spirit; and in token of my common grief,

I pray their souls meets Gods sweet embrace and for their comradeship to all of my brethren who have gone before to the Everlasting Post, in Heaven .

I ask your comfort for their families, comrades and friends in their hour of need ….


JH Ellis Sr (USA, ret)

Sgt. Amy Krueger,

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt

Pvt Francheska Velez & Child

Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka

Pfc. Michael Pearson,

Cpt. Russell Seager,

SSG. Justin M. DeCrow

Pfc. Kham Xiong

Cpt. John Gaffaney,

Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo

Michael Grant Cahill,

LTC Juanita Warman

Let these names be remembered for there honorable Service to America and The Free World.



I normally am pretty liberal with the comments and will be happy to engage them on this subject in a future hub. In deference to family or friends that may visit this hub I have removed the comments as the political discussion is best  undertaken elsewhere. Thanks to those who have commented already. God Bless..


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