Let us pray.
Chap. (Capt.) Dale Goetz died August 30, 2010 when an improvised explosive device detonated, killing him and four of his teammates while traveling in a convoy in southern Afghanistan.
(official DoD news release)
I knew Chaplain Goetz while we both served in the 25th Infantry Division during the Battle of Mosul.
While I am not a particularly religious man, I always appreciated his efforts to ensure that everyone in my element was remembered.
He’d pray with soldiers on the back ramp of a Stryker vehicle before missions, wait for us nervously at the gate, or meet us at the Combat Support Hospital.
Alive, wounded or killed, Dale Goetz was always there for us.
"You’ve got five minutes for the Padre, then we’re rolling"