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11-30-04 UGA Student Volunteers and Dies in Iraq—Real Hero

UGA STUDENT FROM IRAQ:  "It's the future of this country that will be different down the road; it's extremely hard to change hearts that have hated for so long," he wrote in the e-mail. "But as long as we can keep younger generations open-minded, then we will win this war, even though the fruits of my labor will not be realized for many years when the children of this country now rule."

AVOC

 

November 26, 2004

 

Real Heros Make a Difference

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

While this story will not get the coverage of those situations in which the President and the United States are criticized, it can inspire young folks who hear about it.

 

We hear so much about greed, self-interest and materialism of our present American Culture.  It is refreshing to hear about some young person who had his “head on right”.   It is people like Bradley Arms who helped make and preserve this country.   They contribute much  in spite of the denigration of the Hollywood and Mega-Millions Sports Figures who mostly take from our society.

 

His death is a tragic loss- especially to his family.  However, he will be remembered for his stand and his sacrifice.  Most of us will leave “this old world” with a far less legacy.

 

In an e-mail dated Oct. 31 to the fraternity, Arms wrote the reasons he was in Iraq were becoming more clear to him every day as he was cheered on by children and given "cold stares" by older men.  

 

His statements will make a lasting impression on those who read them.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

        http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/1104/22ugamarine.html

 

November 22, 2004

 

UGA student killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

ATHENS — A University of Georgia student who took a break from school to fight in Iraq was killed in Al Anbar Province Friday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Bradley Thomas Arms, a 20-year-old from Charlottesville, Va., left Athens the summer before his junior year to fight in Iraq. Defense officials Monday said the Marine was killed as a result of enemy action.

Arms' father, Bob Arms, said his son saw the Marines as a way to improve himself and help people.

"After he got back from boot camp, I asked him if it had been hard, and he just looked at me and said, 'Dad, it was so easy, all you have to do is what they say,'" Bob Arms told The Red & Black student newspaper.

Arms was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and chose a UGA flag as his one personal possession to take to Iraq, family members said.

"He had a positive attitude about going to war," said Matt Tincknell, a senior from Savannah and fraternity brother of Arms. "He definitely saw his purpose, and he was proud to be there defending his country, which gave us great comfort in knowing he wanted to be there."

In an e-mail dated Oct. 31 to the fraternity, Arms wrote the reasons he was in Iraq were becoming more clear to him every day as he was cheered on by children and given "cold stares" by older men.

"It's the future of this country that will be different down the road; it's extremely hard to change hearts that have hated for so long," he wrote in the e-mail. "But as long as we can keep younger generations open-minded, then we will win this war, even though the fruits of my labor will not be realized for many years when the children of this country now rule."

Arms also wrote his experiences at war "strengthened his resolve to live the life of a balanced man and lead by example."


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