After making Warrior Wishes come true in Atlanta & Charlotte over the weekend my dad was able to come home for a few day before getting back on the bus and heading out to Cincinnati to honor the legacy of PFC Zachary Salmon at the Bengals game. (See his story below)
Here are some of our favorite memories from making warrior wishes come true in Cincy.
ARMY PFC ZACHARY SALMON
Army Private First Class Zachary S. Salmon made the Ultimate Sacrifice on January 12, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom after insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. Pfc Salmon was twenty-one years old. PFC Salmon was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In his mothers own words;
Zack was truly a one of a kind young man. Never in his 21 years did Zack let life pass him by. If one thing can be said about him, HE LIVED! For those of us that love him, he still does. He would NEVER allow someone to feel sad, bad or unhappy if he could help it! His silly antics were synonomous with his name. There was nothing he wasn’t willing to do to bring a smile to your face!
He had the biggest and most caring heart of most anyone I know and he never knew a stanger. In the economy that we are living in, he came to me and said , “mom, I’m going to join the Army. I have to be able to give my son a life and it’s just not going to happen making 8, 9, 10 dollars an hour with no insurance. I want to do something to not only make him and you and everyone proud, but I want to help protect our country so that my son may be safe and have a chance at a life where he can lay down his head at night and not be afraid!”
Loyalty and respect….two words that he lived by! His friends, well they where his brothers! I became Momma Fish to so many! LOL In particular, when he joined the Army the brotherhood bond became a way of life. There is in particular a young man, Joseph Frank, who is not only his Army brother, battle buddy…..he is a “brother” to Zack. I was blessed to be there when Zack came into this world and Joseph was blessed to hold Zack as he left this world. For that I will always be grateful.
There is never a second of any day that my heart does break all over again, but there is also never a second that I don’t think of my son and smile! We do not live without Zack, nor do we say he is “dead”, he just physically isn’t here! We live with him everyday and in our hearts he lives!!!”
His decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, The Army Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Ribbon, The Afghan Campaign Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, The Overseas Service Medal, The NATO Medal & the Combat Action Badge
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