These three soldiers were in my unit. We were stationed throughout Germany as Military Police in the 630th MP CO headquartered in Bamberg. I met Ashly Moyer during a training exercise in hohenfels shortly after she arrived to our unit. We began dating after we arrived on our 15 month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. I made this this young woman a promise that when we got back home I was going to ask her dad for her hand in marriage. Our unit was splitting up into different dangerous sections of Baghdad and shortly before we moved, I gave her a ring and told her to look up at the stars. There were two stars up there that I had picked out to resemble us. I explained that no matter how far away they are, they are still the closest I could find side by side together. No matter how dark the night was, they always shined through, on and on, for eternity.
Ashly was the driver and the lone female in her team. Her gunner Brandon Parr and team leader Michael Peek, became what we all become in a combat zone; a tight knit family of brothers and sisters. We may not have gotten along 100% of the time, but 100% of the time we got along, together. We had each other’s backs too the death. Days after we split in separate neighborhoods, SGT ASHLY MOYER, SGT MICHAEL PEEK, and SGT BRANDON PARR, drove over a buried IED (Improvised Explosive Device) while on a route security mission in Adhamiyah. They were all killed instantly, and the blast was so large I actually witnessed it from miles away in the Al Shaab neighborhood. My squad and I were dismounting at the time the earth shook and smoke started filling the sky. We mounted back up and were among some of the first responders to help the squad that subsequently came under enemy fire. Upon arrival I saw her truck upside down and in flames.
I never saw her again.
This is a donation to go towards memorializing these three brave soldiers in a veteran’s park in my hometown or somewhere nearby. Since none of these three were from Texas, I have always wanted to do something special for them in my home state.
Any and all extra funds raised with go towards the Memorial Park.
THANK YOU ALL!
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