View Full Version : Peter King's MMQB (non football related)

09-25-2006, 01:02 PM
Peter King's words, from here on:

I think you'd all better sit down. This e-mail was in my inbox Sunday morning at 6:15 a.m., with the tagline, "Pray for my men, Peter -- Mike McGuire,'' from the first sergeant commanding a platoon of soldiers in Iraq whose task it is to dismantle Improvised Explosive Devices in the war-torn country.

"How do I start off this letter? 21 Sept 2006 is burned into my mind. I was out with my 1st squad doing a regular sweep of the area when we had to dismount the vehicle and trace wires to a suspected IED. The IED exploded and wounded two of my men very badly. SPC Regusci is on his way to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington as I write this and SPC Huerta should be right behind him. The men will live but they are badly hurt. I can't go into details because it hurts too much.

"Earlier in one of your Monday Morning Quarterback columns you wrote about Sgt. Bevington. Well, he did not make it from the blast. His life was claimed by the blast. It was a horrible sight to see my men like that. And it pains me deeply. Sgt. Bevington was thought of very deeply by me and the entire platoon. This is something that I will never get over. I keep thinking, how did I survive and he did not? I was only about five feet away. I feel so sorry for his family and friends. He was like a son to me. So young. I can't explain the grief. It's devastating.

"I just wanted you to know that on 21 Sept 2006, we lost a great man and a brave man. My heart goes out to his family back in the Pittsburgh area. I want him to be remembered as a son, a brother, a friend and a inspiration to everyone left behind. He is my hero and will be missed the remainder of my days. -- Mike.''

My heart goes out to our troops, and I have told Sergeant McGuire that I will forward e-mails from my readers to let him know how much we sympathize with him and his platoon for their losses. However we all feel about this war, the courage of the men brave enough to fight in it is something that should inspire all of us. When I first met Mike last summer in St. Louis, I was amazed at how matter-of-fact he was about diving into the belly of the beast, taking his platoon to the most dangerous spot in the world, to do the most dangerous job in the war. IEDs are hidden. Angry people think of how they can bury an IED just below the ground so it can't be seen or found. The element of surprise is what causes the fatalities as much as the bomb itself. And to think that Mike's platoon lasted 10 months living on the outskirts of death without ever having a fatality is amazing enough. All I can do is ask all of you to pray and think positive thoughts for Sergeant McGuire and his men. Thank you.

Livinginthe past
09-25-2006, 01:16 PM
This conflict like many others, is littered with heart rending stories like this.

I have made my feelings public on this war, so I wont regurgitate that again.

My thoughts go out to all the incredible brave men and women, and their families, who serve in the armed forces and who put their lives on the line every minute of the day.


09-25-2006, 06:39 PM
MMQB is a must read for me every week....one of the few things i look forward to on Monday mornings.