Tribute to EzineArticles.com Author and 24-year-old 1st Lt. Laura M. Walker
Less than 3 weeks ago, Laura Walker opened up and registered an EzineArticles.com membership account. She sent in one article called “The Route to Democracy“.
On Friday morning at 5:07 AM, we received an email from someone who works with Laura:
“I regret to inform you that this fine officer was killed in action August 18th, in an IED attack in Afghanistan. Please pray for her family and the family of the Soldier who was killed in action with her. They will both be sorely missed by their unit and all that knew them.”
Laura had been recently named public affairs officer for the Fort Lewis-based 864th Combat Engineer Battalion, 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. She graduated with a degree in political science from West Point, had served in Iraq in 2004 and went to Afghanistan with the unit’s Company B, completing her 15 months as platoon leader before taking over as public affairs officer for Task Force Pacemaker, the Army construction unit in Kandahar.
In this capacity she was chronicling what it takes to build a 76 mile road that will help people cut 15 hours of travel to three hours, a road built through mountainous terrain. Along with another officer, Laura was riding in a convoy during an assault when the explosion occurred, the Pentagon said.
I then went into our system to review Laura’s EzineArticles.com account and noticed that she had forwarded her first EzineArticles.com article to her Mom a few days after it was published on July 27th, 2005. That’s when I lost it and wept for the loss her family is now experiencing.
You’re welcome to post your well wishes for her family to the comments section of her article and I also posted the defenselink source that confirmed this tragedy.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 20th, 2005: Mrs. Walker (Laura’s Mom) sent me this link for everyone to see the Memorial site that is setup for Laura: http://www.west-point.org/users/usma2003/60262/