“The Unknown Soldiers” Blog

“The Unknown Soldiers is a blog by Tom Sileo, an award-winning journalist who worked in newsrooms for eight years.  He is a nationally syndicated columnist and communications director at the Travis Manion Foundation. Tom’s weekly newspaper column, also titled ‘The Unknown Soldiers,’ has been distributed by Creators Syndicate since its February 2011 launch.

This blog is about valiant U.S. troops who do their duty – largely without media attention or fanfare – and how a nation at war cannot afford to stand idly by.


While doing some reading today, we came across this blog.  We might be the last to know about it, but it is worth the time to read and spread the word about.  Every day the men and women of our armed forces are placing their lives on the line and some, like those whose stories are told in this blog, and their families pay the ultimate price.

Travis Manion

I would rather not read this and I would prefer not to look at the photos of young warriors, soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who have laid down their lives and sacrificed their bodies.  I would prefer not to know that each one of them has friends and families who long for their presence. I don’t really want to think about those smiling faces shown in the photos as not being a part of someone’s life any longer…

Best Friends

Yet we know that this is a part of the military family’s life.  When Rick was on active duty we lost three close friends, two in training accidents, one at war.  We all know what could happen and this blog reminds us vividly that it does happen.

1st Lt. Nick Vogt and his mother

But I think it is our duty to look at their faces.  It is our obligation to read about their lives.  It is our privilege to know too much and demand to know more because every loss is a sacrifice that is personal for someone.  We’re just “lucky” when it’s someone else.

Travis Manion

Look at their faces and read on please:


I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Abraham Lincoln to Mrs Bixby, a mother who lost 5 sons in the Civil War.


About rickandjan

We are missionaries serving as the SE Region Director of Operations with Cru Military. Rick handles the operations and Jan tries to keep up with the communications.
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