Noah has been moving barracks rooms every few days down at his base... They have started cleaning and refurbishing the barracks in preparation for the 3ID homecoming in 2006... so he moves what seems every few days so that one crew or another can work in the room he just left. Because of this, I know that Noah doesn't have regular access to the internet. He has also been busy with his medical routine and with visiting and assisting the families of the soldiers of his unit... so I figured he wouldn't see my post on the protest planned for Tim's funeral. Wrong. Noah called me just spitting fire about Phelps -- wanting to know who was he? how dare he protest at a good man's funeral? what did Tim's death have to do with that guy's agenda? and some of the language he used was less than politic and certainly less than polite. He wanted to hop on a plane and go there and pop the guy a good one (see, Melinda, Andi and Stacy... I told you that would be his first response!) I assured him that I was trying to get the word out and that I hoped it would be successful in getting people out to counter the imbecile.
He said, "Write about Tim, Mom. People should know about Tim."
Tim's favorite movie was "Blackhawk Down" and he and Noah watched it together every chance they got... because Noah wants to be a Ranger and Tim wanted to fly helicopters.... Tim looked forward to meeting Noah's Dad who had flown helicopters in Vietnam.
Tim had gotten everyone into the nutty medical comedy "Scrubs"... He had picked up the first season on DVD at the PX (when they still had access to one) and he was hooked and insisted that everyone watch the episodes... then they were all hooked. "He had a great laugh, Ma. We loved to listen to Tim laugh.
I asked what kind of music Tim listened to... "All kinds -- you know just like everyone else -- whatever was playing right then." Noah says that Tim would talk about religion with the guys -- not just his religion but religion in general, his belief in God. When others doubted, Tim was there to console and convince them that there was hope. In assessing Tim's faith, Noah said, "He was always inviting everyone to go to services with him whenever they didn't have a mission... and even when others didn't go, Tim went. "He wasn't there to convert anyone, but he was a real Believer." Even though they knew that Tim's dad was a minister, Tim was still just one of the guys...
And a good soldier. "He's one of the reasons I'm alive today, Mom. If it wasn't for Tim and G., I think I would have been killed rather than just wounded that day." He tells me that when the VBIED went off collapsing part of the building they were in, they were taking secondary fire from the terrorists, and Tim and the other soldier brought a .240 [machine gun] up to Noah's position and together they took out a few tangos...
As Noah says, when you think that Phelps is here and Watkins is gone, it makes you doubt... but I tell him that this is just the situation where you have to put your faith in God's greater plan... He gave a short laugh, "Yeah -- that's just the kind of thing Tim would have said."
Tim, you fought the good fight. You kept your faith. You finished your course. We'll see you on the other side. Go with God... you have earned your Reward.
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