Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Army Spc. Casey Sheehan
24, of Vacaville, Calif.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed April 4 when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Baghdad.
Soldier known for life of quiet service
Mother holds vigil at Crawford ranch to speak to Bush
Saturday, August 13, 2005; Posted: 8:35 a.m. EDT (12:35 GMT)
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — He was an altar boy, an Eagle Scout, a church youth group leader. That is what people remember about Casey Sheehan, the 24-year-old soldier whose death in Iraq has become a flashpoint for debate about the war since his mother began a peace vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Texas.
Among family and friends — not to mention TV pundits, Internet bloggers and newspaper columnists — opinions vary about Cindy Sheehan’s demand to meet with Bush to talk about why the United States went to war. Like others, they struggle with whether her determination to bring the war home honors or diminishes his choice to join the Army.
But those who knew the young man she so publicly mourns agree that if anyone is an appropriate face for the war’s more than 1,800 U.S. deaths, it is Casey. He had a gentle but firm commitment to family, church and country, re-enlisting after the war started and volunteering for the rescue mission in which he and six others were killed last year.