Second grade soldier

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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5 Responses

  1. One of those former second graders is my wife’s cousin. We got the Christmas card last year saying he was deploying to Afghanistan and couldn’t believe how young he looked in his dress blues. Here’s hope that he comes home soon, and safe, and that today’s second-graders only leave our shores on vacations.

  2. SCSue says:

    Thanks. Great writing, as always.

  3. Jim says:

    I was in my first year of med school. remember how tough it seemed until that morning. Since then, I have been to Iraq, and patched up a lot of those 18 y/o kids. I too hope your son never has to be in that situation.

  4. Jen says:

    My current students were in fifth grade when the towers fell. My son is in the fifth grade. Talking to my students and hearing what September 11th was like from their view was really interesting. They were especially shocked when I told them how I was two months pregnant on 9/11. That day, it was so damned clear. My expectations of what life would be for my unborn child was changed forever.

  5. Grange95 says:

    I remember the Challenger explosion. I remember the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and the actual assassination of Anwar Sadar. I remember the first Iraq war and the worry it would lead to a draft But all of these memories pale in comparison to 9/11.

    The events of 9/11 were unquestionably EVIL. Nonetheless, our continued involvement in a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is undermined by our lack of authority, our troops’ unreasonable exposure to risk, our lack of an end game.

    I just hope we resolve these issues before your kids reach enlistment age.

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