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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Windy Two-Five
by Cordeiro
Today's post comes directly from the Milblogger Blackfive. Windy Two Five was the named designation for a flight of two US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters that took off from Kabul, Afghanistan on April 6, 2005. The two twin-rotored choppers were headed for Bagram Air Base.

Only one bird returned.

Blackfive summarizes the names and details of the fallen here. Please visit that site and read the whole thing.

I will not copy the names of the fallen here, for Blackfive has already done that. I will but make mention of the one entry that hit me the hardest. Major Edward J. Murphy, United States Army.

His last words to Captain Rob Heath were, "Don't tell your wife you saw me here." The spouses of both men are friends. Wives tend to worry. Its what they do. Major Murphy was supposed to be behind a desk as a signal officer for the Southern Europe Task Force.

Wars tend to change job descriptions.

Commanders needed a man with Murphy’s training as an Army Ranger and jump master to help with the 173rd’s missions, Army officials told Barclay Murphy.

And Murphy volunteered to fill that need, she said.

For five weeks, he went to forward bases. He sent an e-mail telling his wife’s parents that his job had changed and alluding to new dangers, Barclay Murphy said. But he never let on to his wife or their two children at home, Barclay Murphy said.

“He was protecting us,” she said.
Yes, Mrs. Murphy, he was. And for that we honor his memory, and you.

Major Murphy leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Godspeed to Major Murphy and the crew and passengers of Windy Two-Five. Rest in peace.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord

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