Spc. Jonathan Kellylee Peney, Dco,1Bn, 75th RR


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
in Wonderland, with my Alice
http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2010/June/100602-04.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 2, 2010)—A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action June 1 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield.

Spc. Jonathan Kellylee Peney, 22, a native of Marietta, Ga., was killed by enemy fire while moving under heavy fire to provide aid to a wounded Ranger in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Peney, enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2005. For more than two years, he served as a combat medic in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

“Spc. Peney was the epitome of our Ranger Medics – warrior first, expert in advanced medical treatment, and selflessly dedicated to the care of others – even at the risk of one’s own life,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Spc. Peney did not hesitate to move under heavy fire to the care of another wounded Ranger. He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment and his family.”

He was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

“Spc. Peney died while moving to provide life-saving aide to a fellow Ranger,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, Commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Our Rangers continue to put their lives at risk in support of our nation’s ideals. Keep your thoughts and prayers with them and their Families.”

Peney is survived by his wife Kristin E. Peney of Savannah, Ga., and his mother Sue L. Peney of LaGrange, Ga.

Click here for Peney's bio.
A true Hero in the greatest way..... running into heavy gunfire to save a fellow Ranger who was down. This warrior knew the risk and still moved forward to do his job. SPC Peney deserves recognition in the highest form. One day the true story will be revealed for the world to know. May God pour his blessings and grace onto his wife and family in this time of loss and sorrow.
He was getting old and grouchy
and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in
and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies;
they were heroes, everyone.

And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors,
his tales became old hat,
all his buddies listened,
for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
for ol' Lou has passed away,
and the world's a little poorer,
for a Ranger died today.

No, he won't be mourned by many,
just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
quietly going on his way;
and the world won't note his passing;
'tho a Ranger died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
their bodies lie in state,
while thousands note their passing
and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories,
from the time that they were young,
but the passing of a Ranger,
goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution,
to the welfare of our land,
some jerk who breaks his promise
and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow,
who in times of war and strife,
goes off to serve his Country
and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
and the style in which he lives,
are sometimes disproportionate,
to the service he gives.

While the ordinary Ranger,
who offered up his all,
is paid off with a medal
and perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
for it is so long ago,
that our Lou's and Tom's and Johnny's,
went to battle, but we know.

It was not the politicians,
with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedom,
that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
with your enemies at hand,
would you really want some cop-out,
with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Ranger,
who has sworn to defend,
his home, his kin, and Country,
and would fight until the end?

He was just a common Ranger
and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us,
we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
then we find the Ranger's part,
Is to clean up all the tousles,
that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor,
while he's here to hear the praise,
then at least let's give him homage,
at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline,
in the paper that might say:

-- Author unknown