Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Friday, May 19, 2006

When the war hits close to home.

We have had the good grace to acknowledge soldiers from our parish, and send them off formally with the Episcopal Church Serviceman's Cross and the prayers and gratitude of the people of the parish. Several have been to Iraq and returned, one is in Afghanistan right now, and other doing Marine training in Eastern Europe.

My brother's wife, Emma, has a brother who is serving in Iraq. His vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Here is the email he sent to family members after the attack, as well as a photo taken 9 days before. We salute them and offer our prayers for them and their families.

On the 14th May 2006, the “smokewagon” a lead M1114 of the 4th BDE INP SPTT Team was struck by an IED EFP. Two great Americans lost theirs lives and one was wounded.

The two killed in action where:
CW4 John Engeman “Panther 4”
SFC (P) Robert West “Panther 7”

The man wounded:
SFC Gary Galloway “Panther 3 G”

The loss is great, they can never be replaced.

The attached picture is the crew of the “Smokewagon”, I stand next to three of the greatest Americans and best friends I have ever known. I salute them.