It’s the middle of the night and something scratches my arm.
I’m awake and rubbing the sting.
The black ones.
The ones etched with the birth and death dates of fellow soldiers.
It’s the middle of the night, and I wonder which bracelet he’s wearing.
Whose name is carved into it.
But it’s the middle of the night, so I roll over and wrap my arms around him.
I whisper a prayer and drift to sleep…
SPC Ja’mel A. Bryant
HHC 40th CSD
12 May 1986- 27 September 2008
Operation Iraqi Freedom
CPT Michael Newton
SVC Battery 1-84 Field Artillery
11 June 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
“Let us not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let us be glad that such heroes have lived.” -General George S. Patton