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December 15, 2004

In Memory Of Specialist David Mahlenbrock

Topics: International News

Today, Dec 15, 1300 Hours, Hyscience joins other bloggers and participating radio stations all over America in a special tribute to Specialist David Mahlenbrock, a combat engineer who was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb detonated. David told his family that if he died in Iraq, he wanted radio stations to play   Toby Keith's "American Soldier".

Michelle Malkin posted a special request on Saturday Dec 11 from the family of Specialist Mahlenbrock, asking radio music stations to play Toby Keith's "American Soldier" on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 1pm, in memory of Specialist David Mahlenbrock, who being buried at Arlington National Cemetery on this date and time. The request was passed around the Internet from blogger to blogger and reader to reader.

According to military blogger Blackfive, Specialist Mahlenbrock wrote a letter before his death requesting that Keith's song be played at his funeral in case he was killed in the line of duty. More details here and a link to radio stations here. If you haven't read BlackFive's post entitled "A Warror's Last Request," you need to read it now.

David_mahlenbrockIn addition to this very special tribute to David Mahlenbrock, I wish to express my personal gratitude and the gratitude of our grateful nation to David, his family, and all of his brothers-in-arms who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the civilized world. Hyscience is most grateful for the opportunity to participate in this Internet-wide tribute to David, in loving memory of all our fallen hero's in this war on terror. I personally thank you for your sacrifice David Mahlenbrock!

I wish to thank Hank Dale of WQYK in Tampa, Florida (my former home)for playing "An American Soldier" for David at 13:00 hours today. All it took was one email and Hank fired right back with confirmation that he would consider it an honor to do so.

Update:  A 2002 graduate of Maple Shade High School, David Mahlenbrock left behind a 10-week-old daughter, Kadence, with his 19-year-old bride. The network of people's lives that were touched by David Mahlenbrock touched was far larger. Learn More ...

Posted by Hyscience at December 15, 2004 1:00 PM

Hi my name is Laura Warrick and i was a good friend of Dave's and i would just like to thank everyone out there who has taken time out to honor Dave and his ultimate sacrifice of his life. It truly touched myself as well as my friends and Dave's family to have the radio stations play "American Soldier" as well as seeing all the support from people who didn't know Dave but were touched by his letter. Dave was a great man and an amazing friend and he will not only live on in the hearts of all who knew him but in those hearts of Americans all over. Dave stood strong and died for us all and did so without a thought, i miss him greatly but i know he was doing what he was meant to do. Thank you agian to all of your thoughts, blessings and support.

laura warrick

Posted by: laura at December 20, 2004 11:44 AM

If youre one of the people reading this then I will make room in my heart for a little bit of a smile for you and my son David.Here, now on the 29 of December only 23 days since we lost that fine boy to our eartly existence I can still feel the love and compassion all of you have. There is no possible way I could have gone through this alone. Daves town Maple Shade deserves more than it will ever know. My son could not have grown up in a finer place. I hope he has seen the beauty and the love that is here for him. David, I miss you son, there was so much for you to do. But rest well my dear soldier,knowing your sweet Kadence will be well cared for and loved. We all miss you Dave, ther is no tomorrow with you in it, and that my friends is something we must all face together. Thanks, for everything always, Russ
"Papa-Unc" to junk 125 Skunk and Funk

Posted by: Russ mahlenbrock at December 29, 2004 9:45 PM

I've known Dave (and Melissa) since I was in grade school. I met Dave in 4th grade when he offered to carry my books. Dave was an amazing friend that stuck by me through thick and thin. He was one of the few friends that made the 2 1/2 hour trip to my college to visit me for a day. It still seems unreal at times that he is gone. But at the same time, I know that he isn't. With all of the love, thoughts, and prayers in addition to the memories many of us share, Dave will always be alive in our hearts. Dave was and is the bravest man I have ever known in the short years I lived. I want to thank you for the prayers. God Bless America...

-Mandy Klamer

Posted by: Mandy Klamer at January 4, 2005 5:16 PM

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