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You Mowed Down His Cross


By Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)
t r u t h o u t | Letter

Thursday 18 August 2005

Mr. Northern:

I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.

While I was in Iraq, a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall, was killed in an un-armored HMMWV outside of Baghdad. He was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID. Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and a wonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family. He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers was Henry Bacon. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He was in perfect shape for a man over forty, working hard at night. He told me that he did that because he didn't have much money to buy nice things for his wife, who he loved so much, so he had to be in good shape for her. He was like a father to many young men in his section of maintenance mechanics. They fixed our vehicles with almost no support and fabricated parts and made repairs that kept our squadron rolling on the longest, fastest armor advance ever made under fire. He was so very proud of his son-in-law that married the beautiful daughter so well raised by Henry. His son-in-law was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division, who died last year. Henry stopped to rescue a vehicle belonging to another unit on what was to be his last day in Iraq. He could have kept rolling - he was headed to Kuwait after a year's tour. But he stopped. He could have sent others to do the work, but he was on the ground, leading by example, when he was killed. On Monday night, August 16, you took it upon yourself to go out in the country, where a peaceful group was exercising their constitutional rights, and harming no one, and you ran down the memorial cross erected for Henry and for his son-in-law by Arlington West.

Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called. I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.

Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)

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I hope he has sent copies of this letter to every newspaper , magazine, and broadcast network that has given credibility to these PRO-WAR activists!(in today's upside down, ultraparadoxical climate, people demonstrating FOR war shouldn't suprise me a bit!)

I hope sgt Jeffries sent copies of this to every media outlet that has given air time or print space to these PRO-WAR demonstrators!

i am deeply sorry that this man ran over the memories of the men who were killed. i have been to crawford twice, and have personally witnessed, first-hand, ignorant actions countering the peaceful one that cindy has created there. unfortunately, i don't think this man can understand how mean hearted and horrible his actions were. that is what blind anger does. and i believe that is why folks all over the nation are lending their time and their love to camp casey right now. to combat that anger and that ignorance. thank you for your expressions.

i am deeply sorry that this man ran over the memories of the men who were killed. i have been to crawford twice, and have personally witnessed, first-hand, ignorant actions countering the peaceful one that cindy has created there. unfortunately, i don't think this man can understand how mean hearted and horrible his actions were. that is what blind anger does. and i believe that is why folks all over the nation are lending their time and their love to camp casey right now. to combat that anger and that ignorance. thank you for your expressions.

OK I am crying now. My son is on the fast track to Iraq. He has been in the Guard for 5 years. He's been in ROTC, will be deployed this winter.
How can Mr Northern justify to himself mowing down the crosses? His actions scare me sooooo much. Is he pro-war, anti-soldier? Can't face the truth?

OK I am crying now. My son is on the fast track to Iraq. He has been in the Guard for 5 years. He's been in ROTC, will be deployed this winter.
How can Mr Northern justify to himself mowing down the crosses? His actions scare me sooooo much. Is he pro-war, anti-soldier? Can't face the truth?

OK I am crying now. My son is on the fast track to Iraq. He has been in the Guard for 5 years. He's been in ROTC, will be deployed this winter.
How can Mr Northern justify to himself mowing down the crosses? His actions scare me sooooo much. Is he pro-war, anti-soldier? Can't face the truth?

It is death. It is injury. It is shadows that never leave the soul. And as you write this George W. Bush is going out to rally for support for his war. He doesn't get it. The people of this country see that there is no purpose in the war that he champions.
The emporer wears no clothes.

The sergeant is the Army.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

1st Sgt Jefferies,

Sir, I applaud your letter and agree with the previous post that your letter should be forwarded to all mainstream media outlets immediately.

I have so much respect and admiration for you and for your contribution to the cause for peace. My father served in the Army in Europe in WWII and he brought up my brother and I to respect our country but he also always told us war is hell and he never wanted either of us to have to endure the same dangers he experienced first hand especially in a conflict like Viet Nam. Both my brother and I could have been drafted in the late 60's early 70's but, probably due to his prayers offered on our behalf for God to spare us and himself and my Mom, we both "lucked out" in the draft lottery and our numbers were so high we were never called.

You sir have my utmost respect since you not only served but volunteered to do so. That we meet under the current circumstances via cyberspace is an honor for me and I feel privileged to reply to your eloquent tribute to your fallen commrades-in-arms. I sense that you share the same attitude that my Father had bringing up his 2 sons. I'm certain if you have any children you will be praying for them the same way my Father did to spare them the exposure to the dangers of war that you, like my Father, experienced.

God Bless you and your family.

What a beautifully written testament to the losses of this war. The following link is an article written about how little our president feels these losses:

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0920-13.htm

Thank God there are people in this world who are not afraid to speak out when something is just plain wrong, whether it be a senseless and poorly managed war or a stupid act of vandalism. Thank God for people like Cindy Sheehan and Perry Jeffries.

Sorry. Too many alien doubles.
George (Orwell) made me ride with no helmut

Is there a way to email these to friends?//
is it cut and paste or am i missing the option to email or foward these articles and replies. thank you for a wonderful suppotive site. i send all my friends here.

Is there a way to email these to friends?//
is it cut and paste or am i missing the option to email or foward these articles and replies. thank you for a wonderful suppotive site. i send all my friends here.

But that's a good suggestion. We'll make sure to get your suggestion to the right person.

For now, cut & paste is the right way to go. An alternative is to copy the URL for the article you like and paste that in an email (perhaps along with the article title and an opening paragraph as a teaser).

Thanks for the good suggestion.

Sgt. Jeffries~What an eloquent way to counter the lack of compassion this man had for your fallen comrades and the others who have died in this war. My son will be leaving again within a few weeks for Iraq, for the third time in 18 months, and it pains my soul to think that people like Mr. Northern have such little regard for what these young people do. It is just another indication of the wickedness, yes wickedness, of the Republican party. The "We Don't Care" and mowing down of memorials is a sad reflection on the administration and those who espouse their doctrines.

Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA

This is so powerful, I hope I find the words..

I blame it on the leader(s)- here's W in his Party Dress..

http://cd.smugmug.com/photos/32242570-L.jpg

God help us?

Dear Soldier, What an essay. Very moving...Thank you for the service you have given for our country, and thank you for putting into perspective for me the war as it exists to you and your fellow soldiers. I am so sorry to hear of their untimely deaths. To have their memories disturbed by a person, safe in this country, who cares less about the sacrifices of our fighting soldiers, while he zooms around in a gas guzzling truck to run down our fallen soldiers crosses...it is sickening. Now, I know why Bush goes to Crawford...He is apparently with his own kind...They do not care as long as they have the sons and daughters of other citizens to do their war games fighting....

When I compare the power, eloquence and dignity of Sergeant Jefferies words with the vulgar bile and hatred of those attacking the folks camped in Crawford I realise she is in the best of company.

I know who I would rather stand with any day.

Dear First Sergeant Jeffries,

Let me extend my most heartfelt gratitude and respect to you for your magnificent letter “You Mowed Down His Cross,

This is a compelling letter, with powerful cadences. It should be read aloud. How amazing that people can still articulate so poetically while the folks who dominate our MSM are so impoverished in their language. Even if Sgt. Jeffries were a fictional construct created by a good writer who did a lot of good research (I admit at first I thought, naively, how could one person have personally had all those experiences of loss? sorry , I know this is a combat sgt.) this is an amazing collected testimony. What a human face this puts on our media sanitized little 'cakewalk'. Writing this was a very brave action. I'd like to hear what the Coulter/O'Reilly/Limbaugh crew would comment if it were sent to them. They probably will ignore it. Cowards.

Apparently Sgt. Jeffries got his hands on Larry Northern's email addy and sent this directly to him.

http://www2.operationtruth.com/dia/organizations/OpTruth/blog/comments.j...

Perry is real. He can be found, among other places, at OpTruth.Org. Way to go, Perry.

Jim Conrad
USMC-RVN 1969-1970

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