November 11, 2012

Lost Hero: MSG Jared Van Aalst

This Veteran’s Day everyone will remember their war time experiences and the friends they lost in slightly different ways.  The veterans of a past war will no doubt recall the jungles, the crack of AK-47 fire, and the chopping of a Huey’s rotor blades as some gutsy pilot came to pull them out of a killzone.

Our war came with its own sights and sounds.  Most of us will remember the heat and the claustrophobic nature of stalking down third world streets filled with garbage, the smell of rot, looking through a narrow green tinted tube that limits your field of vision, all while burdened with body armor, weapons, and other equipment.

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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • JohnPrucha

    Remember remember the 5th of September. RIP VA!

  • DellSpry

    @JackMurphyRGR  @DellSpry  Apology offered.  I missed your e-mail.  I am not sure where in the country you are physically located.  I am currently in the Quantico area but will be going home shortly for holiday leave.  After the holidays, would you like for me to go visit him at Arlington?   Dell

  • HugeFan

    That was perfect: sentimental, humorous and very honest. Thanks for sharing that Jack.

  • Frosty

    @JackMurphyRGR  @m3ow  He is making a reference to the Old Spice commercials about being the man you want to be. In other words he is complimenting VA and saying thats the man we wish we were.


    That was a touching tribute to your friend and mentor Jack.