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Remembering Lt. Roslyn Schulte – buried on Memorial Day 2009

Remembering Lt. Roslyn Schulte – buried on Memorial Day 2009

On this day we honor all the fallen, three of whom we have remembered here before, Johnny “Mike” Spann, Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, and U.S. Army, Spc. Dennis Weichel .

We add a new person to our memory, Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte, of Ladue, Missouri, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on May 20, 2009, and buried on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009.

I remember seeing this post at Gateway Pundit, on May 26, 2009, which I made Post of the Day, regarding Lt. Schulte’s death, and it has stayed with me for these past three years:

Lt. Roslyn Schulte was the first female Air Force Academy graduate to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. She died last week in Afghanistan after the vehicle she was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb.

Lt. Schulte could have attended an Ivy League school. Instead she chose the Air Force Academy. She dreamed of being a fighter pilot since she was 12. At the academy, she was among the top in her class.

Her funeral was yesterday at the Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis. Her boyfriend U.S. Air Force Cpt. Bruce Cohn announced that he was going to propose to Roslyn this summer.

Here is the video of Lt. Schulte’s coffin being loaded aboard an aircraft to return to the United States, along with Army reservist Shawn Pine, who was killed by the same roadside bomb in Afghanistan:

Here are two local news reports:

Her obituary is here, photos from her funeral are here, and she is remembered at the Air Force Association website.

[Note: The post title and text were corrected to note that Lt. Schulte was buried, not killed, on May 25, 2009.]

Update:  Reboot Congress covered the story in 2009, and visited Roslyn’s grave today, sending this photo (note, the small stones on the marker reflect the Jewish tradition of placing a small stone or pebble on the grave marker when visiting):


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Juba Doobai! | May 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

May God’s perpetual light shine on them all our war dead, and may He grant them peace and rest.

So much promise and such a terrible loss. For all those heroes in all the wars, you are remembered. (I’m not uncomfortable using that word).

I long for the day when no children will mourn the loss of a father and no wives will mourn the loss of a husband and no parents will mourn the loss of a child…

“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” — Isaiah 2:4 & Micah 4:3

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

That’s a quote from John Stewart Mill, of course.

Lt. Schulte was one of those who exerted herself on behalf of me, my family and our country.

I am forever grateful to her and her brothers and sisters in arms for their sacrifice.

    Browndog in reply to turfmann. | May 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Awesome quote.

    I was looking for a place to post it, decided this thread was appropriate-

    Indeed it is…glad to see it.


LukeHandCool | May 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

What a terrible loss of a wonderful and beautiful young lady.

God bless her and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with them on this day.

The lives of these fallen heros are inspirational and give me hope for our country in this most troubling time for it.
I adopt and second LukeHC’s sentiments.

    JerryB in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Sickening is right. Maybe folks will now dump the Obama channel and its cadre of pinko fags and racists.

    The fallen ones are heroes. They gave everything. “Greater love has no one…”

You got me on this one, Professor. I need more tissue…

    LukeHandCool in reply to Tamminator. | May 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Yes, this is just heartbreaking. What a difficult day this must be for her parents. It makes you proud there are such young Americans, but the loss just hits you in the gut.

    I’m curious as to the meaning behind the tradition of placing pebbles on the gravestone. Anyone?

You read this, and then you read something like this:
and it makes one ill!! Is this what these young people are dying for?

BannedbytheGuardian | May 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I would like to remember the victims of Fort Hood.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

I remember the post a few months back here at least one of the above dissed female miltary personnelsaying they should not ever be there. The main offender has posted elsewhere today but did not comment on this thread. Hmmmmmmm.

today I learnt that my daughter -also a lieutenant is in preparation to be deployed.

Today she did her will.

I am proud of all the women (on our side ) who are repalcing the metrosexuals at cafes sipping their lattes.

Someone has to go out there & do the job.

Thank you Lt Schulte.