A solider's new life: Joel Gomez
Snip from Stacy St. Clair:
A solider's new life
By Stacy St. Clair
Daily Herald Staff Writer
First of two parts
Sgt. Joel Gomez awakes.
He is lying on his back in an unfamiliar bed. Through a haze, he sees his parents standing to his left. His girlfriend stands on the right. Why would they be there?
He remembers kissing them goodbye weeks ago when his unit, the 1-18th Infantry, was deployed to northern Iraq.
He wracks his brain for an explanation, but a clouded memory fails him. The last thing he can recall is watching an Adam Sandler movie with some Army buddies. When was that?
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Would you happen to know the soldier's name who saved the 3 guys?
Posted by: Christian | Aug 3, 2004 1:25:42 AM
The soldier that saved two soldiers lives would be PFC Middlebrook. He was the driver of the Bradley that fell off of the cliff. He kept pressure applied to the accelerator in order to allow the Bradley Gunner and Commander to jump from the turret seconds before if fell upside down in the Tigris river, inevitable trapping those two soldiers. One of the three soldiers in the back, Joel Gomez, was removed by the vehicle Commander and resuscitated by many soldiers performing CPR until medical help arrived. The events of that day are in the March archives of this Blog.
Posted by: philip jarvis | Aug 5, 2004 9:59:30 PM
Oh, he had told me about an event that happened in March but, he didn't have enough phone time to explain the whole thing. I probably should introduce myself..virtually. :) I'm P.f.c. Middlebrook's girlfriend. I check your postings just about everyday because, your writing has depth to it and, just because it's really intresting to learn about what's going on over there, from a soldier's perspective. Keep blogging, I assure you many other's enjoy and appreciate your effort. :) Sincerely, Chris
Posted by: Christian | Aug 6, 2004 2:51:36 AM
i am very sorry to hear about you friend and my prayers go out to you and his family.
Posted by: denisse perez | Jan 19, 2005 12:34:13 PM
i am very sorry to hear about your friend and my prayers go out to you and his family.
Posted by: Denisse Perez | Jan 19, 2005 12:35:05 PM
It has been a year since that dreadful day,March 17,2004. A day, my son loved and the day he died. My only child was the first to die in that Bradley,Tracy Laramore. He was the light of my life,my best friend. I am still trying to accept what has happened,my life is not the same. My "baby" believed in what he was doing and loved his fellow comrades. I have come to realize that he befriended many and touched many lives. I want to thank everyone that knew him because he was very special to so many.
Posted by: Fay West | Apr 28, 2005 6:19:15 PM