Monday, May 25, 2015

Remember These Two Local Heroes Today,….

The photos above are of two local heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for you, me and our country. Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember these fallen heroes.
Cpl James T Lindsey, Jamie known to his friends was a 20-year-old Army corporal died on patrol April 12, 2007 when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Third Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fourth Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
James Lindsay, known to many as “Jamie”, was formerly from Florence, Alabama.  He was a native of Lauderdale County, a 2004 graduate of Bradshaw High School, and a member of Underwood Baptist Church.   Jamie joined the Army in February 2005 and had been promoted to Corporal. He served as a forward observer and a paratrooper with the 25th Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq in October 2006. Source,..
Marine Cpl Matthew Conley, 21, graduated from Rogers High School in 2002, where he was quarterback of the football team. He was a squad leader for the 37th Weaponry Division of the Marine Corps, stationed at Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., and had been in Iraq since September 2005.
Tommy Conley said his son was scheduled to leave Iraq on March 6 and was to be home on March 22.
Family and friends were planning a belated celebration for his Feb. 26 birthday and were going to have a baby shower for him and his wife, Nicole, who is expecting their first child in March.
Conley and other members of his squad were killed Sunday while on security patrol in the province of Al-Anbar.
He was a passenger in the Humvee, training the soldier who was to take his place when he returned home. Conley was killed when the vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Source,….
This is what this holiday is set aside for. Not thanking those who served. Memorial Day is just that,.. a day to remember the fallen, the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The song Dress Blues by local artist Jason Isbell for his friend Matthew Conley. A very powerful and appropriate song. 


  1. Wow, Casey's story was heartbreaking. Way yonder too many people don't understand what Memorial Day is at all! Her story brings it home like nothing else can. Very good post, OB.

  2. Thank you!!,... Matthew's sister was made aware of this and it met to her approval. That was awesome too. I stressed a bit about this holiday as I did last year. I cannot believe people are thanking vets. It isn't Veterans Dsy, it is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those who died for our freedom. People just don't get it. And then,.. I see Happy Memorial Day posted all over facebook. There is nothing happy about a day to remember the dead that sacrificed everything so people can be ignorant about what the day means. Sorry to rant but it does relieve some stress,..... and as always,... thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

  3. You're welcome! There's enough being said in recent years on social media that I believe not too many years from now people will fully understand. You are a big part of that equation. Keep up the good work you do here....the Shoals needs you.