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Lieutenant Christopher Mosko, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, Special Operations, Navy
That is just part of who my son was. He was also a brother, a husband, a friend, a team mate, a leader and a follower. He was a better “learner” than me and hence was a much better teacher.
Chris may have commissioned into the Navy in 2007 but he mentally joined the Navy at the age of 6 when he saw the Midshipmen at the Army Navy game. He said he wanted to be one of them. Then, every step he took somehow led to April 26, 2012 Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. That is when an IED took Chris along with Brandon Eggleston, Dick Lee, and Fibi, the bomb dog. Chris was there to render the IED’s harmless – harmless to the men, women and children who lived and traveled around those eastern Afghani villages.
The awful grief experiences since then are imprinted forever in my memory. How do you forget your wife calling you and telling you “Chris is dead!”? Could you forget the military officers that you do not even know walking up to your door? How do you shake the memory of the repatriation at Dover when they carry those flag draped caskets off the big transport? The list goes on and on for that first year.
The most bittersweet of that first year was Meredith’s wedding. The knowledge of the empty seat he would have filled haunted what was a wonderful, blessed, near perfect day. My faith tells me he was with us – watching and guiding – unseen and unheard but felt by many of us.
But what happens in year 2? The grief is still there. We drive by Dover AFB on a regular basis for time with our friends at the beach. Invariably, there is silence in the car and sometimes the tears come. I am not sure that things have gotten easier as much as we have integrated the grief with good memories. He is an important part of who we are and he left us so many great memories. The pain I still feel is the memories I had hoped to have that will never happen.
One thing I have realized for a long time is that Chris connected to people in ways that made him a natural friend, leader, and confidante. I have reached out to collect the stories that were the fiber in the fabric of Chris’ life. I want to learn and capture who the complete person Chris was. Due to working for his uncle Mike, Chris really had not lived at “home” since he was about 18.
Our journey will continue. Chris would not want us to just move on. He would want us to challenge ourselves. He would want us to move forward toward a goal. He would want us to be better tomorrow than we are today. And he would goad us and push us with his smile and his laugh. When we achieved that goal, he would say “well, what is next?”
Getting together and having a toast to remember and honor him is OK. But it is not sufficient. We need to challenge ourselves. We need to do random acts of kindness. We need to go out of our way to help others. We need to make others smile.
That is what Chris would have wanted.
Posted by John on May 23, 2013
Special thanks to
Navy EOD MU3 (PLT381 in partic
Army Special Forces Command(Airborne) (ODA3423 in particular)ular)
Over the years, Memorial Day has been so many different things. It was the holiday that was the gateway to the summer. It was bicycle races in Somerville. It was picnics at the Martins. But, thanks to Dad, it was always a day where we thought about the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed. There were the parades and the visits to services at cemeteries or monuments where those who fell in war were remembered. And maybe because of this, Chris and Poppi always had a special bond and respect for each other. We remember.
The past one year, one month, and one day (as of Memorial Day 2013) has been a repetition of memorial days. The day was set aside as a time of reflection for our nation to remember, respect and honor those who gave their lives so that others may live. Every single day since 17:15 hours EST April 26, 2012 – the moment we knew – I have done nothing but remember, respect, honor and …… grieve. About 14 hours before that, Chris, Dick, and Brandon along with Fibi, the bomb dog, were hit by an IED on some dirt road in Eastern Afghanistan and gave their lives in service to their country. Then in August, Sean was added to that list. While only a few of the names have personal meaning to me, each name on the list has someone like me looking at it and remembering.
But Memorial Day is now filled with the knowledge and subsequent anxiety of knowing there are many others still in harm’s way protecting our way of life as well as just protecting locals in Afghanistan, East Africa and other international hotspots. I know some of their names and I know some of their loved ones. So while I remember Chris and the others who have died, I will be praying for each and every man and woman who stands up and offers to serve their country knowing the potential dangers they could face.
So, by all means, this Memorial Day, please remember those who have died in service to their country. It is important that we not forget the people they were, who they loved, what they stood for and grasp the potential that was lost when each of them was taken from us.
More importantly, do something that remembers and honors the living. The men and women who are active in our services today deserve our respect and support. Those who come back injured, physically or emotionally, deserve our respect, our attention and our support. And, finally, the spouses, parents, siblings, and those close to the fallen need and deserve our respect and compassion as they face this day which means so much more to each of them due to what they have lost.o, by all means, this Memorial Day, please remember those who have died in service to their country. It is important that we not forget the people they were, who they loved, what they stood for and grasp the potential that was lost when each of them was taken from us.
May God watch over and bless all of our Armed Services and their families this Memorial Day.
Hooyah, EOD Techs LT. Chris Mosko and PO 1st Class Sean Carson!
Hooah Staff Sgt. Brandon Eagleston and Staff Sgt. Dick Lee!
A grateful nation honors and remembers you for your sacrifice!
And our hearts and prayers are with your families for their sacrifice!
John Mosko 23 May 2013