Memorial Day, 2017: Remembering Kevin O’Brien, An American Soldier Who Fought The Good Fight
This is from Weaponsman.com, the blog of Kevin R. C. O’Brien, who blogged under the name “Hognose”, the nickname his Special Forces teammates gave him back during the Cold War.
“Happy Memorial Day?” | WeaponsMan, May 30, 2016
Somebody’s going to say it, or a lot of somebodies: “Happy Memorial Day.” And a veteran’s going to throw a wobbler. Or at least, grind his teeth.
Or, that other favorite, “This day is all about you. Thank you for your service.”
As readers of this blog certainly know, Memorial Day is not on occasion to celebrate those many of us who survive. At least, not in the USA. We’ve got a day for that, in the bitter month of November, for good and historical reasons. That’s the day for those who returned upright and animate. This day is to honor the ennobled among us, the ones that did not. And so many of us vets are thinking about absent friends, today; it may not be an occasion for happiness.
We are about to argue the opposite.
Nobody died so that you can mope around bewailing his fate. Let us consider an alternative way to think about him, about them. Let us, rather, take comfort and find joy in the fact that they lived, however briefly; let us remember them not as they died in a flash of HE, that unforgettable sound of a rifle-bullet impact, or an unstoppable running-down on the operating table; but rather, as they live: full of life and life’s joys, or even more honestly, life’s passions. [More]
Kevin served in the Special Forces (active and reserve) for many years, and went to Afghanistan with the 20th Special Forces group in 2003.
He died of a massive heart attack on April 18. A memorial from his brother is here.
More Memorial Day thoughts from Weaponsman.com, here:
- Some better Memorial Day thoughts | WeaponsMan, May 27, 2013
- Memorial Day Random Thoughts | WeaponsMan May 28, 2012
- A June 30, 2012 review of the film Memorial Day.
From his earlier, now defunct blog Hoglog.com On Serving in Peace and War , [Archive.org Link], August 24, 2005, a memorial to those who die during what civilians think of as “peacetime”.
While he was alive, I would frequently quote him here on VDARE.com (analysis of gunfights was always better than the MSM ) and comment on his site. I’ll miss him very much.
Previous Memorial Day Columns
- May 30, 2016 Who’s Desecrating Memorials On Memorial Day? Mostly Blacks And Hispanics
- May 25, 2015 More Memorial Day Meditations: Electing a New, Illegal Alien Military—With RINO Support by James Kirkpatrick
- May 24, 2015 Memorial Day Meditation: Obama Creating A New “Hollow Army”—But Many Servicemen Still Want To Defend The Southern Border by Joseph Swing
- May 28, 2012 On Memorial Day: When Veterans Come Home, Will Immigrants Have Taken Their Jobs? By James Fulford
- May 27, 2011 Supreme Court`s Whiting Ruling Gives Patriots A Memorial Day Present By Washington Watcher
- May 30, 2010 Memorial Day, The Posse Comitatus Act, and Immigrant Enemies By James Fulford
- May 22, 2009 On Memorial Day: A Look Into My Family Scrapbook By Joe Guzzardi
- May 23, 2008 View From Lodi CA: Memorial Day In My English As a Second Language Class By Joe Guzzardi
- May 27, 2007 Fort Dix, Memorial Day, And Immigration By James Fulford
- May 26, 2006 McCain Musings On Memorial Day Weekend By Joe Guzzardi
- May 30, 2005 Cashing in on Memorial Day [Dave Gorak Blog]
- May 23, 2005 Immigration Summit on Memorial Day [Joe Guzzardi Blog]
- May 28, 2004 An Immigrant Bright Spot On Memorial Day By Joe Guzzardi
- May 25, 2003 A Memorial Day Meditation On Mesopotamia, Mexico And The Border Problem By Steve Sailer
- May 22, 2003 On Memorial Day, Remember The Dead—And The Living By Michelle Malkin
- May 26, 2001 Memorializing…Guess What? By Chilton Williamson Jr.