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For John Aleksander, when you are older

For the family, friends, and soldiers of John F. Kurth

Wendy:

Hans wasn't just a brave soldier.  He was a loving father to his beautiful, beautiful son. I am printing your comments for John Aleksander to read when he is older.  I know he will appreciate them. Right now he just doesn't understand that his Daddy is gone. He was used to having Daddy absent for long periods of time and I think maybe he expects to go to the airport any day now and pick him up.  I wish we could.
Mark:
Thank you for your kind words about my childhood friend. It is comforting to know Hans has not changed since leaving home for West Point. Thank you for all you do everyday. May Hans be remembered eternally, fight with dignity and fight to come home safe.
Kim and Jeff:
Hans was a beautiful soul and will be remembered not only for his bravery, but for the lives he has touched without even knowing he did so. Our children will remain living in a world of freedom because of the unwavered pride, loyalty and heroism Hans and his fellow men have shown. Our thoughts are with you all.
Dirk Ringgenberg:
Thank you for your description of the Hans I remember from my year on BDE staff with him. I left the BDE almost two years ago but kept in contact with Hans and others.  He will be remembered and was loved by many. I tremble as I write these words and cannot believe what happened - continue on and avenge his life - he would want it no other way.  Goodbye Hans - I loved you like a brother.
don carol:
i only new hans from his high school days and his team became a state champion so was hans in life a true champion we will all miss him but knowing hans he will be guarding heavens gates with all those who have gone before him thanks from a vet this web site will help a lot of people to understand what the words serve and protect really mean god bless all who serve.
Colin Shepard:
I went to High School and played football w/ Hans in Columbus, Wisconsin. I hope you don't mind but I've shared your weblog with a lot of our teammates, and some of Han's classmates.

Hans was a very integral part of our 1990 State championship team. Even way back then Hans was using military motivation to help us as a team. Hoo-ya was our rallying call for our team that year, and no doubt Hans was responsible for that. He was easily the most intense, motivated individual I've ever met. Our coaches labled him "stud" Kurth, as that was what he was!

It's tough to have lost such a special person. Your weblog has given me at least a picture of what happened, how the men he served with regard him, etc... Needless to say it's helped a lot. I'm happy to read that you guys are even more focused, as surely that's what Hans would've wanted. Stay strong, and know that you've got much love and support from back here in the U.S. I'd love to organize some things to send over to your specific unit as well. Not sure how to do that. Maybe if someone could e-mail me the procedure on that we could get something organized from us here back in Columbus.
Kim, PFC Jonathan's Mom:
Phillip, I cannot tell you how much my heart literally hurts reading your posts, because my son is there also with the HHC 1/18th.  My prayers go out to all of you, our sons and daughters, with every breath I take. Words cannot describe the gratitude and debt I owe to the ones who have gone before my son, who have laid their lives on the line, to ensure safety for the others who will follow. If Soldiers Kurth and Ford could hear me right now, I would tell them I owe my life to you, for teaching my son the seriousness of being ready, how listening to the lessons the 4th Infantry about not travelling down certain roads at certain times, about not sticking your legs out of vehicles may save life, and for letting my son and others know, perhaps for the first time in their young lives, that they are not invincible; that life is fragile and others will mourn and cry when they are gone.

When I lost several family members a few years ago, I thought I would never be the same, and in fact that was true.  But what I also discovered, is that I learned to savor the intense incredible beauty that can be found in the mundane events of life; a spider's web, the swirls in the bark on a tree trunk, a sunset. Try to see beauty at moments when your mind wants to scream out, when your heart fails you; look at the world, and allow your eyes to not only see death and destruction, but also the incredible beauty of a child in his mother's arms, a friends' smile, patterns in the sand from blowing winds. If you can do this, you will find that it does not matter where you are; peace and contentment are a state of mind, and these attitudes will help you keep your sanity. I will pray for your safety and health.

Another soldier's mom, Kim

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Wendy, I need your email address.
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Philip

Editor's Postscript: Philip, I sent an email to both of you.

Posted by: Philip Jarvis | Mar 20, 2004 10:55:27 PM

Does anyone have an address where I can contact Hans Kurth's family? I know several friends of Hans who would like to send cards. Please email me: mary_ann_logsdon@yahoo.com
Hans was a wonderful man and a great friend to so many.

Posted by: Mary Logsdon | Mar 22, 2004 6:34:09 AM