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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
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Vermont Soldier Buried

Vermont has lost four promising people in Iraq. 20 year old PFC Kyle Gilbert, who was killed on my birthday, was buried yesterday:

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas was on hand, as was Senator James Jeffords. Jeffords said he'd come to know Gilbert personally because of his commitment to serve. He said Gilbert had sought his help after being initially rejected from the military for medical reasons.

(Jeffords) "It was an emotion I'd never had before, to fight so hard to get somebody into war. And then to have the experience of that individual killed in active duty just brings all things into turmoil. The fight - was it worth it to get him in? But you know it was what he wanted. And he's a hero in my mind. But it really raises questions again, why we're there."

You can either read the transcript of the VPR story, or listen via the above link. You can read more about how a small town honors its hero at the Brattleboro Reformer.

More importantly, read about this good kid:

Gilbert was the kind of guy who you would expect to be wearing the silver wings of the Airborne on his chest. He was a great athlete, earning a black belt in karate as a teen. He loved snowboarding and snowmobiling. He was a whiz when it came to working on cars. He was hardworking and resourceful and Vermont to the core. And he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Robert, who served with the Army's Special Forces.

The 82nd is the Army's elite infantry division, ready to go at a moment's notice to where the action is. It was exactly where Kyle Gilbert wanted to be.

Gilbert graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in June 2001 and went straight from there to basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was fresh out of the Infantry School and set to begin airborne training when the Sept. 11 attacks happened. It only deepened his intensity to serve.

Sorry, I couldn't find anything else to grab biographical info. I recall a Free Press article about Kyle and his dad exchanging their parachute jump pins, but they only archive a week of stories. Anyway, I just thought people should see the face of a young kid from Vermont who was killed in the desert serving his country. I'd like to make sure no more have to die in a far away place.


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