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Young Texas students write Soldiers after fatal accident

“We wish that helicopter didn’t crash, then seven people wouldn’t have died,” said Lori K., sixth grader from Calhoun Middle School in Denton, Tex.

The hearts and minds of the future have reached out and touched Soldiers of the maintenance platoon from D Co. 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion. Students from Calhoun Middle School in Denton, Texas showed their remorse for the loss of Task Force 34’s Fallen 7 by sending over 100 letters.

“I felt moved by what those kids did for us,” said SPC Victor Lara, CH-47 maintenance mechanic. “I even thought about having my wife go and visit the students in person to tell them thank you for me.”

SPC Lara is one of many Soldiers from the maintenance platoon who gladly, upon notification of receiving letters, volunteered to write back. Each Soldier was asked by their platoon leader to take five letters each.

“It’s not mandatory, and I know we have a busy schedule, but the guys came and read through all the letters immediately. Most of the letters were very touching and patriotic,” said [name removed], maintenance platoon leader from Denton, TX. “It’s good to know that children at such a young age are paying attention to current events.”

Many of the Soldiers immediately took advantage of the opportunity to write home, saying that it breaks up the monotony of daily operations and will continue to correspond.

By D Co. 2-149th GSAB UPAR
13 Oct., 2008

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