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…in 2006, a UH-60 Blackhawk crashed near Tal Afar.

12 souls perished that day.

Why is it significant? Well, it’s significant because my friend was killed in that crash.

And as I do every year since then, I honor his memory and those of the other 11 that were lost that day.

Doug was my friend. He was my son’s godfather. He was an honorable man. He is sorely missed all the time. He was my last platoon leader that I had in the Army. He was the best of the bunch. And I don’t say that lightly.

Jan. 7, 2006: A Black Hawk helicopter carrying eight U.S. troops and four American civilians crashed near the northern city of Tal Afar, killing all aboard.

Here’s the names of the souls lost that day: Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of the 3rd Corps Support Command; Maj. Douglas A. LaBouff, 36, Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 43, and 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, 36, all of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; and 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, 45, Spc. Michael I. Edwards, 26, and Spc. Jacob E. Melson, 22, all assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. From Dyncorp International, Arsenio Domingo, 40, and Robert Timmann, 49, were killed in the crash. Both were members of a Civilian Police Advisory Training Team working with Iraqi police officers. I don’t know the names of the other two civilians lost in the crash.

A salute to my friend and those that died with him.

MAJ Doug LaBouff Scholarship Flyer 2012

This is Doug. He was just promoted to Major.

Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell…

I still cry when I think about it too much.

Memorial Day 2012.

A day we remember the fallen heroes of America’s past wars. They gave their last measure to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.

This isn’t about thanking other Veterans, we already have two days for that. This is about remembering the dead.

In honor of Memorial Day, I honor Major Douglas Amuel  La Bouff. He was a good friend of mine. He was my son’s godfather. He was my last platoon leader. I loved him like a brother.

This is Doug newly promoted to Major.

Here’s Doug smoking a cigar from a box that I sent him.

Doug died in Iraq on the 6th of January 2006. He was on a Blackhawk heading back to his unit with 11 other souls. Their helicopter crashed only a mile from the unit.

Doug didn’t have to go to Iraq. He was actually going to go from Ft. Carson, CO. to become a teacher at West Point, NY.

You can read more about Doug here: Tribute to the Armed Forces of the United States.

I think about Doug all the time. Not just Memorial Day.

This country is better off for having him and is a little worse off now that he’s gone.

I miss him a lot.

So for those that can no longer enjoy a good BBQ with friends and family, please think of them while you are.

You can find out more about Memorial Day here:

Memorial Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

via Memorial Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.