Godspeed

May 14, 2004 | 12 comments
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Lyle Stamps, law student and frequent T&S commenter, has been called up to serve in Iraq as a sergeant in the 250th Signal Battalion, Company A, Cherry Hill, New Jersey Army National Guard. His unit has not yet shipped out, but presumeably will be doing so in the near future. Best wishes Lyle. We will keep you in our prayers.

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12 Responses to Godspeed

  1. Kristine on May 14, 2004 at 3:00 pm

    Lyle, we’ll miss you around here, though I suspect I’ll prefer praying for you to arguing with you ;>)

    […scurries off to look for yellow ribbon…]

  2. Nicole Soh on May 14, 2004 at 4:09 pm

    Best of luck to you, Lyle. Our Bishop just returned from a year in Iraq, he’s an LDS chaplain. We’ve heard very inspiring faith promoting stories about the strength of the LDS soldiers deployed over there. Know that there are lots of people praying for you, even ones who don’t know who you are.

  3. Julie in Austin on May 14, 2004 at 4:10 pm

    Lyle, you’ve got the prayers of the entire bloggernacle behind you. Please post if you have the opportunity.

    Julie

  4. sid on May 14, 2004 at 4:56 pm

    Best of luck to you, Lyle, we will be praying for you here. we will also miss your thought-provoking comments. If your circumstances in Iraq allow, please send T&S emails updating us on your experience in-country.
    Best of luck
    -Sid

  5. lyle on May 14, 2004 at 5:12 pm

    Mayhap the cat is out of the bag a little early.
    Oh well…the unit is slated to leave in early June (exact date unknown). As normal, they’ll send us to a base here in the U.S. for a month or so. Sometime after July 4th we’ll probably be Iraq bound (general location unknown).

  6. Jim F. on May 14, 2004 at 5:23 pm

    Lyle, best wishes to you, and especially best wishes that you get your wish to be a chaplain.

  7. Taylor on May 14, 2004 at 5:47 pm

    Lyle,
    My prayers are with you. Come home safe!

  8. Adam Greenwood on May 14, 2004 at 6:06 pm

    God bless you.

  9. Ben Huff on May 15, 2004 at 1:02 am

    Take care Lyle! Show them signals who’s boss!

  10. Matt Evans on May 15, 2004 at 8:31 am

    Good luck, Lyle. Please let us know about your experience. Maybe you could post your journal online, like Chief Wiggles did.

  11. Ethesis on May 15, 2004 at 2:18 pm

    Indeed, God Speed.

    Hymn before action

    By Rudyard Kipling

    The earth is full of anger,
    The seas are dark with wrath,
    The Nations in their harness
    Go up against our path:
    Ere yet we loose the legions —
    Ere yet we draw the blade,
    Jehovah of the Thunders,
    Lord God of Battles, aid!

    High lust and froward bearing,
    Proud heart, rebellious brow —
    Deaf ear and soul uncaring,
    We seek Thy mercy now!
    The sinner that forswore Thee,
    The fool that passed Thee by,
    Our times are known before Thee —
    Lord, grant us strength to die!

    For those who kneel beside us
    At altars not Thine own,
    Who lack the lights that guide us,
    Lord, let their faith atone.
    If wrong we did to call them,
    By honour bound they came;
    Let not Thy Wrath befall them,
    But deal to us the blame.

    From panic, pride, and terror,
    Revenge that knows no rein,
    Light haste and lawless error,
    Protect us yet again.
    Cloak Thou our undeserving,
    Make firm the shuddering breath,
    In silence and unswerving
    To taste Thy lesser death!

    Ah, Mary pierced with sorrow,
    Remember, reach and save
    The soul that comes to-morrow
    Before the God that gave!
    Since each was born of woman,
    For each at utter need —
    True comrade and true foeman —
    Madonna, intercede!

    E’en now their vanguard gathers,
    E’en now we face the fray —
    As Thou didst help our fathers,
    Help Thou our host to-day!
    Fulfilled of signs and wonders,
    In life, in death made clear —
    Jehovah of the Thunders,
    Lord God of Battles, hear!

  12. brayden on May 15, 2004 at 2:46 pm

    I add my voice to the rest of the well-wishers Lyle. Thanks for your service.