Then there are those willing to die... for what they believe...
The journal will have to speak for Charles now. He was killed Oct. 14 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle in Baghdad.The real trick though, is 'believing' as a way of life.
He had enlisted in 1987, drawn by the discipline and challenges. Charles had other options — he was a gifted artist who had trained at the Art Institute of Chicago — but felt fulfilled as a soldier, something I respected but never really understood.Words fail me. If you have something to say to Dana Canedy, the fiancé of First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, you can email her here.
SIDENOTE: Kathy S. has another look at duty and honour
It had never once occurred to me that I would find myself in the position I did on that night in Al Kroboth's house in Roselle, New Jersey: an American coward spending the night with an American hero.