My Dad, The Hero – Ten Year-Old’s Plea For Fallen Father
A little boy whose father was killed in Afghanistan along with 29 other U.S. soldiers reached out to the world to ask : ‘why is no one honoring my Dad?‘
Pilot Bryan Nichols was onboard the Chinook helicopter ferrying U.S. Navy SEALS into a combat zone that went down in Afghanistan’s Wardak province on August 6.
According to CNN’s iReport, 10 year old Braydon, of Kansas City, Kansas, could not understand why the Navy SEALs drew so much attention.
There were 30 Americans on board that Chinook. Why wasn’t anyone mentioning his father, a chief warrant officer with Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 155th Aviation Regiment?
My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission,” he wrote. “My father was the pilot of the chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father.”
The report continues :
Bryan Nichols’ aunt Sue Keller of Palco, Kansas, said Monday that Braydon, Nichols’ only son, was stung by the way the news of the deadly Afghan incident played out on the airwaves.
“They always say Navy SEALs. They never say my dad,” Braydon told his family.
Since Braydon made his post, it has been veiwed more than 100,000 times and attracted nearly 1,000 posts of support and sympathy, including this from one of his father’s fellow officers, combat surgeon Jaime l Torres:
You’re [sic] Father won’t be forgotten, Braydon. I was fortunate enough to have met him personally and served alongside with him. I know he loved to fly, he loved the ARMY, and he loved this country. He gave it all for you and me. We are all so proud of him. Be strong little man, you father did not die in vain.