The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Coincidence, and a tribute to a hero.

I was finishing a college course up yesterday when I IM'd one of my classmates. We started to chat a bit and I mentioned to her that I had a blog. We started talking about the military, and it turns out she had a nephew who was serving in the recent battle for Fallujah.

You may have heard his name before because he was featured on CNN and many Texas local news outlets. This 22 year-old sniper from the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment claims he is no hero at all. In fact, he states that "getting the Purple Heart just means the rocket found me." Kris Clinkscales is his name, and he is indeed a hero.

He explains in the following media clips how he received his Purple Heart.
Clip 1 Clip 2 Clip 3

The injured vet who left Iraq for more surgery did not want to leave his friends behind. In a press conference with other wounded vets, it was repeatedly stated that they did not want to leave their buddies behind.

His aunt, and my classmate, Kimberly Born says that Kris had always wanted to be a sniper. She states "he was hoping to become a police officer after the service utilizing his special services in a swat unit somewhere, but now his right arm is in-mobile because of the shrapnel caused so much nerve damage."

And if that wasn't enough...

He also shared his opinion about his buddies who served and are still serving. "I just hope everybody gives these guys the respect they deserve. Put your personal opinions behind. There are a lot of guys who put a lot on the line and they deserve a lot of people's, everybody's respect. For what they've been doing out here. It's a tough job and a lot of shit happens. There's a lot of guys who are worse than me. They are tough guys and it's an honor to serve with them."

A salute to a true hero, whether he admits it or not, thanks for protecting us Kris.