Much of their young lives
had been spent with one of
their parents in harm's way.
Having served for 16 months
in Iraq on a Combat Medic
Team, Stephanie had experi-
enced devastation and death
firsthand. Her team's mission
was to respond to those injured
in the many daily attacks. The
Medic Team came under attack
twice with casualties of their own.
Their brigade lost over 30 personnel in
16 months of service in Iraq. As Stephanie
finished her shift, she received word of the
attack and learned of John's injuries. John's brachial
artery was severed in his right arm and his left leg from the knee down
had multiple fractures. He had minor head injuries and it appeared he
would lose his right arm. He went through three surgeries but God was
gracious to spare his life.
Three families in the United States were receiving much more dev-
astating news. They would learn of the ultimate sacrifice THEIR loved
ones paid for the cause of freedom that day.
US Army Captain Matthew Nielson (27) from Jefferson, Iowa; US
Army Captain David E. Van Camp (29) of Wheeling, West Virginia;
and US Army Sergeant Robert G. Tenney, Jr, (29) of Warner Robins,
Georgia, assigned to the 2 nd Squadron, 3 rd Armored Cavalry Regiment,
Ft. Hood, Texas, lost their lives in the attack. For the parents, brothers
and sisters and the young wives, an empty chair at their tables will
always be a reminder of the high price of freedom.
Back in Germany, John faced months of surgeries and physical thera-
py. During his time at LRMC, I was able to visit with John regularly and
talk to him about the Lord and his need for the Savior. Stephanie and
the boys had been faithfully attending Heritage Baptist Church, located
near Ramstein AFB and LRMC, for nearly a year. As a church family,
we had been praying for John's salvation. That prayer was answered on
Sunday, September 4, when John trusted the ONE who paid the ultimate
sacrifice for him.
It has been well said that freedom is not free and that there is a price
to be paid. We are thankful to the McCulley family and many other
families like them who are paying the price for liberty. May God bless
our military and God bless America!
Number 1, 2012