Friday, August 24, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Shawn D. Hensel, 20, of Logansport, Ind., died Aug. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds during an enemy attack. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.
The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0148, or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the public affairs officer on call).

Tomorrow the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders gather in Logansport Indiana to honor the family and remember the sacrifice made by Cpl Shawn D. Hensel. He was promoted posthumously.

It is our honor.

This mission has three parts;
* Part one, yesterday, was an escort detail. Cpl Hensel was flown into Lafayette Regional Airport. I had to work, but it is my understanding that over 50 bikes were present for the escort form Lafayette to Logansport.
* Part two, today, is an honor guard at the church. Some of our members will stand for an hour or two with flags, honoring the family, honoring the man.
* Part three, tomorrow (Saturday), is the funeral. I will be there for this part.

If you will be in or near the Logansport Indiana area Saturday, please join us.

Some of the guys that were there yesterday posted some of their thoughts on the PGR page, I think you should read them.


I just returned home from the escort for CPL Hensel and all I can say is WOW. We had 59 bikes at the last count, great turn out, thanks to all who came for this escort. I talked with Shawn's father after the escourt and he was amazed with what he saw and wished to thank each and every one of you all for showing up on such a HOT day. I was very impressed with the turn out of citizens along the entire route but most especially with the small town of Delphi. I think everyone in town was on the street as we came through. I nearly couldn't see to drive going through there with all the tears in my eyes. THANK YOU DELPHI and thank all the members of PGR you were great.

I am sooooo proud to be a PGR member,
Terry M.


What an HONOR to ride for this American HERO in the first stage of this mission. Shawn was taken home with all the dignity, respect and HONOR he so richly deserved.

As Terry said above, it is hard to ride with so many other bikes when your eyes keep running over. The out pour of people in the town of Delphi was outstanding. Makes it real hard to swallow let alone even talk. When we passed that Catholic school and all those little girls were pressed against that fence, some with their little hands over their GREAT BIG HEARTS, it was overwhelming. The bike got washed again. It was an outstanding mission from the start. Being invited by the family inside the hanger to be a part of them in this sad hour was very very humbling. Even Kalitta's pilots were right there showing the respect they always do. I had to go over and tell them so and how much it means to the family and we as PGR's, for them to display the respect they always do. I did thank them for us. I thought the one pilot was going to lose it and if he did, I would have too. Very emotional.



Dazd said...

Can you cross-post this at the IN_PGR blog?

Great post! I'll be leaving for 3 days 2 more missions I can't attend. This is getting old...

DNR said...

Dazd - Done, We all do what we can. No worries. I'll stand for you.

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Mary*Ann said...

My husband is originally from Logansport. We send our prayers for the family of this hero.

k said...

What you guys are doing is a very great thing. Our own government seems to prefer, sometimes, to pretend the fallen have somehow just sort of quietly disappeared.

You make sure that the people who knew and loved our fallen ones KNOW that they aren't forgotten, aren't unnoticed, aren't unappreciated.

Thank you for this, from the bottom of my heart.

DNR said...

mary'ann - Your prayers are appriciated. thanks for stopping by.

k - It is our honor. As many of my Vietman vet friends have said "Never again shall a vet be treated like I was." I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

hello. this is laci hensel. i have days where i just like to get on the internet and see what i can pull up about shawn. i find myself reading articles over and over again. But what you guys did out there was incredible and i wanted to say thank you now because im not sure if i ever did before.

DNR said...

Laci - I am so sorry for your loss. God bless and keep you. I pray that you are at peace.

You are welcome, it truly was our honor. That we touched you makes everything worth while.

Anything you need, if it is within my ability, it is yours.