It has been a bad week for US casualties in Iraq, especially for Marines from Ohio. Our local paper, the Ashland Times-Gazette, ran a front page story on one of those Marines, a reservist from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment named Christopher Lyons, who was from the Mansfield area and was killed in action last week in western Iraq.
I didn’t know Lance Corporal Lyons, but my wife and I were in the same hospital birthing class as his wife Bethany, who had their daughter Ella three months ago while he was in Iraq. He never saw his daughter in person, but Bethany once talked in class -- with tears in her eyes and ours -- about how she looked forward every day to him coming home. It was moving then; it is even more moving now.
Christopher Lyons gone, but his service never forgotten.