Keeper of The Flame’s “Honor Guard Story Guard” is Blessed to Keep the Sacred Story of Leston M. Winters StorySealed to this guitar Signed by John Rich of Big & Rich. You can learn more about John’s work benefiting the Folds of Honor at www.redneckriviera.com and keep up with all the latest music at www.bigandrich.com. The Guitar was presented to Beth, Remington, Ryder & Emma at an event supporting the www.fallenheroesfamilycamp.com on July 29th, 2019. StorySeal™ 01002 http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/lmwinters.htm
Sgt. Leston M. Winters, 30, of Sour Lake, Texas, died Thursday in Kandahar province after this unit was attacked with an improvised explosive. Winters was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Winters was a civil affairs medical sergeant who joined the Army in July 1998 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2010. He died just months after volunteering for his 3rd tour of duty.
Winters is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, son, Remington, and daughter Emma, all of Palmyra, Tenn.; son Jonathon, of Germany; and parents, Kenneth and Cheryl Spivey, of Sour Lake, Texas.
Keeper of The Flame’s StorySeal™ is Blessed to Keep the Sacred Story of Andrew P. Carpenter www.wkrn.com StorySealed to this guitar Signed by John Rich of Big & Rich. You can learn more about John’s work benefiting the Folds of Honor at www.redneckriviera.com and keep up with all the latest music at www.bigandrich.com. The Guitar was presented to Crissie & Landon Carpenter at an event supporting the www.fallenheroesfamilycamp.com on July 29th, 2019. StorySeal™ 01001 This Story of Sacrifice & Service was also told in “The Dash” by Scotty McCreery youtu.be
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – In the heart of Maury County, sits Columbia, a place known for its small-town charm.
“They all came out, they all supported us,” said Cindy Carpenter. That’s just what people do here, and that’s especially the case with Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter. “Our son, Andrew, what a wonderful person he was,” said Cindy.
Andrew was a hero in this town, but there was nothing “small” about him. “He was a great kid,” said Kevin, Andrew’s father. “Cindy mentioned his smile, couldn’t get it off his face.”
Andrew’s smile was big, but so was his heart. “He served everybody, he was just a joy to be around,” said Cindy.
The loss, though, was even bigger. “You don’t see it coming,” she said.
On February 19, 2011, United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter was in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was shot in the neck. It was his second tour of duty with the Marines. Andrew was rushed to Landstuhl Medical Center.
Back home in Columbia, Cindy got a call from her husband. “He’s just uncontrollably crying and I said, ‘What is wrong?’” And he said, ‘Andrew has been shot,’” remembered Cindy.
Cindy and Kevin flew to Germany to be with their son. But Andrew’s new wife, Chrissie, couldn’t travel because she was 8 months pregnant with their first child. After 3 days, the decision was made to take Andrew off life support. He was just 26-years-old.
“He’s my baby,” said Cindy. “He was always my baby.”
One month later, Andrew’s widow, Crissie, gave birth to their son, Landon. “It’s very hard to just get married the year before, lose him and then have a baby,” said Cindy. “Andrew would have been a great dad. He would have been on the floor playing with him.”
Crissie, who wasn’t available to be interviewed for this story, wanted to honor her late husband. “He just lay down on his daddy’s camouflage outfits,” remembered Kevin of the iconic and emotional pictures of baby Landon lying on his father’s things. The heartbreaking picture touched people all across the world.
Now, Landon is 6-years-old. “He’s asking a lot more questions now,” said Cindy. “At birthday parties, he says, ‘Why isn’t my daddy here,’ and she (Crissie) says, ‘Your daddy would be here if he could.’”
9/30/1979 – N/A Branch: Army Rank: Sgt Outfit: 160 Spec Ops Medic, Aviation Regiment Airborne “Night Stalker” Service Dates: 1997 – 2006 Veteran Station: Falujah Iraq, Operation Red Wings, Bagram Afghanistan, County: Greene Conflicts/Significant Events: Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom Story uploaded/modified: Saturday, June 30, 2007, Updated September 9th, 2021
“Children of varying ages ran around the coffins, playing and yelling, not yet old enough to understand the sacrifices these warriors made. A Taliban high-value target (HVT) sat tucked into the corner away from them all, guarded by other soldiers.
“Three war-weary escorts — one of them a SEAL and the other two Night Stalkers Daniel Bell and Chris Eicher — sat off to the sides, grimly staring off into space. They were exhausted and angry with the mistake the U.S. Air Force had made when they allowed Space-A seating to be filled on this leg of the flight home.“
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