Roamy here. This is a hard post for me to write, but I’m going to do my best to be respectful and not trite.
Spc. Levi Nuncio was killed in action in Afghanistan on Wednesday. His unit was attacked, and as a combat medic, he was taking care of his men when he fell.
I knew before it was published in the newspaper, simply because one of my nephews currently serving in Afghanistan posted the news on Facebook. My nephew is also a combat medic in the 25th Infantry and was friends with Spc. Nuncio. I didn’t know what to say to him, except that I was sorry and I would pray for Spc. Nuncio’s family. I couldn’t help but notice how young Spc. Nuncio was. XBradTC once said that we put heavy burdens on young shoulders, and it’s not just a 80-lb. rucksack. The newspaper article said that Spc. Nuncio had been awarded two Purple Hearts, so he had been wounded in combat before. He also earned an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Medical Badge.
There’s a roil of emotions right now – worry for my two nephews serving over there, hoping that they have everything they need, concern about the timing of Obama’s announcement of a drawdown, gratitude for people like Spc. Nuncio.
Prayers for all our servicemen and women, and their families.