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#1 luketdrifter

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:36 PM

It's been almost 3 years...this picture was just sent to his brother and I thought I'd share. Taken soon after his return to duty after being shot on the during a 5 hour firefight in Afghanistan...a fight in which he was awarded the Silver Star along with the Purple Heart.
Rest in Peace, Sarge.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:53 PM

Thanks for posting the picture. Rest in Peace Sgt. Blaskowski

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 02:30 AM



Please watch the whole video. Very cool. Very strange. Very special to my heart.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 12:03 PM

Three years today...Jesus that's hard to believe.
Love and miss you, Matt. Thinking of you and your family today brother.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:46 AM

This video was shot the day my friend was killed...at his firebase, the moment it happened. The soldier they are so desperately calling a medic for was SFC Blaskowski. Appreciate it if you watched this...because this is how was is.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 05:29 AM

Happy Birthday, Matt. Miss you bro.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 12:25 AM

Four years ago today, SFC Matt Blaskowski made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Seems like only yesterday. We miss you, Ski.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:38 AM

First time I've seen this thread. Very moving YouTube video, Luke. You are a good friend to keep Matt's memory alive in this thread.

Thanks, SFC Blaskowski, for your service and sacrifice. RIP. :S!
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to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:26 AM

Thanks for taking the time to look, Tommy. In the grand scope of things, Matt is just another casualty, just another name. But in our eyes, his friends, family, neighbors...he's the epitome of a hero. He started in the National Guard, joined the 10th Mountain Division in Kosovo, then the 173rd Airborne. Was injured in training accident that caused him to miss the only combat jump in OIF....an event he never really let himself forget...pushed his recovery of a very serious knee injury, the type that ends most airborne careers, to get back in the seat for Afghanistan. His first tour resulted in a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, and one American paratrooper that most certainly wouldn't have survived if it hadn't had been for his valor. The second trip to the Korengal brought with it missing his new wife, anticipating his promotion, and ultimately his death by sniper fire...along with the Bronze Star and a 2nd Purple Heart. This summer we erected a Fallen Hero monument to his memory. We hope his is the only name ever etched on it. I know I talk about him a lot on here...it's only for the reason that so few of us ever get to meet a hero up close and personal....very very few ever get to claim they knew one. I am one of the very very few. And I'm better because of it.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:05 AM

Have you posted a pic of the monument on the forum?

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 01:18 AM

I will get the pictures off my phone tomorrow...I left at work the past 2 nights. Wonder why it's been so quiet around here...
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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:15 PM

Thank you for your service SFC Blaskowski.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 03:48 AM

Happy Veteran's Day, Matt. Thanks.
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:25 AM

Damn Luke, I hadn't seen this thread before, guess it's Karma that I run across it on veteran's day. Watched both the videos, I'm sure it's surreal for you to know the second one recorded his death.
What I'd like to say, is that you're really a good friend to keep his memory alive the way you do. He must have been a very special man to inspire such loyalty. Thank you for sharing him with us. Happy Veteran's Day SFC Blaskowski.
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 04:07 PM

Thanks for checking it out...he was a very special man. A hell of a guy.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:04 AM

Opening day of deer season tomorrow. Hope heaven doesn't have a tag limit.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:46 PM

It doesn't, Luke. That's why it's called Heaven.

Here's to your friend, SFC Blaskowski, and to all of you who love him. A salute and my heartfelt condolences.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:53 AM

Winter is so ******* drab and depressing here. Went to your memorial downtown today...Somebody shovels it off after every snow...brushes it down and shovels the walk. There is a Ranger coin on it that someone left. Bought tickets and tags for a Wyoming hunt for the fall...we are going to knock the crap out of the birds. I miss you buddy.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:09 AM

I hear you Luke, your post reminded me of Duke, a Friend of mine who we lost too Damned soon. It's clear out tonight here and I just stood outside looking up at the stars and remembering the good times. Cursing the circumstances but grateful I had the few years of friendship we did and to have been able to have walked beside him.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:13 AM

One for the fallen. May they R.I.P. :poppy:
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:33 AM

Hope the attachment went on here...this is a solid wooden memorial carved by a local woodcarver. Awesome work. This is in front of Matt's dad's auto repair shop.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:05 AM

That is an impressive and fitting Memorial.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:38 AM

This is a repost from Matt's brother...I'm going to go tomorrow and gets some pictures of it. It all started off as one big stump of wood....a local guy carved it with chainsaws, and hand tools. It's been covered by a tent for the last 3-4 weeks...it'll be awesome to see it up close.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:44 AM

Very Nice Piece!:S! SFC!!!!!!
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:24 AM

Thank you for your sevices SFC Blaskowski and may you rest in peace! My heartfelt condolences to the family! I hope they will find the strength to cope with their loss!




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