Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday Hero

This Week's Post Was Suggested By Beth

Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp
Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp
21 years old from Rosemont, Minnesota
3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
July 18, 2009
U.S. Army

Ben Kopp has been a fighter since the day he was born. When he was born his mother was given morphine to stop her labor so the doctors could deliver her via a cesarean section. But it caused his heart rate to slow and when he was born he wasn't breathing. But he recovered to the amazement of everyone. "Ben has always been up for a challenge," said his mother, Jill Stephenson. "He came into the world a fighter."

On July 10, 2009, Cpl. Benjamin Kopp was wounded in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He was hit in the knee that hit his popliteal artery and the loss of blood caused him to go into cardiac arrest on the operating table at a battalion surgical center. As a result of his injuries, Cpl. Kopp developed swelling in his brain was put into an induced coma to try and save his life. But he died on July 18.

But his service didn't end with his passing. Upon his death, by his own desire, his organs were donated to people in need saving their lives.

"Please continue to say prayers for all of the men and women who so proudly serve our country," Stephenson wrote online. "Ben had a deep love of country and has just left a legacy of heroism for all of us to cherish. Be as proud of him as I was as his mother."

You can read much more about Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp here.


These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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3 comments:

Christian said...

Hello Karen,

This testimony is poignant and sad at once. Many young Americans have given their lives in France in 1914 and 1944. Since many conflicts have overshadowed the United States of America in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq.
The bill is heavy and as I've already written we have a duty of unwavering and eternal memory to those children, those heroes. We country people who owe our freedom to their sacrifice.
But that sentence for the mother and father lost their son. I think our thoughts should also go to them.

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Bonjour Karen,

ce témoignage est bien émouvant et triste à la fois. Beaucoup de jeunes américains ont donné leur vie en France en 1914 et en 1944. Depuis de nombreux conflits ont endeuillé les États-Unis d'Amérique : Corée, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Irak.
La facture est lourde et comme je vous l'ai déjà écrit nous avons un devoir de mémoire indéfectible et éternel envers ces enfants, ces héros. Nous pays et peuple qui devons notre liberté à leur sacrifice.
Mais que de peine pour la mère et le père qui perdent leur fils. Je crois que nos pensées doivent aller aussi vers eux.
Bien amicalement.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These are all so sad and devastating to the loved ones left behind. They are all in my thoughts and prayers.

AVCr8teur said...

Christian/Poetic Shutterbug: Thank you for your comments. I agree with your sentiments. I wished we did not have to go to war at all to save ourselves lots of turmoil and grief.