Drew Cordes

A Memorial to Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, a Gay Soldier

Filed By Drew Cordes | April 01, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, military, soldier

A very moving piece from the Courage Campaign. This brave soldier's father says it best:

Soldiers don't die for our freedom of speech. They don't die for patriotism. They don't die for noble causes. They don't die for our political agendas. Soldiers die for each other. If the man is willing-- to your right or left--is doing their job, that's all that matters. Gender, race, creed, sexuality ... just aren't on their radar. Can they shoot straight? Can they take care of each other? Do they have your back? That's all a soldier cares about.

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Finally, a discussion of DADT that doesn't glorify war and murder. This is wonderful and such a refreshing change from the disgusting forced patriotism of the HRC crowd. When you find yourself regurgitating George Bush's lines, you know you need to change your outlook

I can't agree more. I especially liked how his father cut through all the red-blooded patriotic bullshit of "THEY'RE DEFENDING OUR FREEDOMS" to simply say that it's not true. It was a powerful video.

Jeff Wilfahrt | April 1, 2011 1:32 PM

Thanks for noticing. He didn't enlist to get a date, and being gay was the least interesting thing about this remarkable man.
Jeff Wilfahrt, Andrew's father

All thanks go to you for your moving words and the great job you did raising your son. My condolences for your loss.

Our condolences to you, Sir, on the loss of your son.

Jennifer Nelson | April 4, 2011 5:08 AM

Thank you, Mr. Wilfahrt, for respectfully speaking the truth. In that, you are certainly respecting your wonderful son, and those who loved him. With Love and sorrow, Jennifer Nelson (Jessica D.s mom)

Not an April fools thank you for a great post Drew.
I am an infantry veteran and the fathers message strikes home for what it is all about at the unit level. They have my condolences for the loss of their son, my respect for the message they put out about soldiers, and my appreciation as an Army Veteran for sticking up for the Army in a most difficult time and putting it all in perspective.
Some may find it surprising that as a TS vet that I would stick up for the military at all but I do believe they are trying and change takes work and time. The VA has treated me for the most part well in the last few years and shown me that they are willing to change where they can. The rest is up to Congress and all of us to get them there.

Regan DuCasse | April 2, 2011 12:29 PM

Alert each and every asshole that supports DADT. Make them be confronted with the moral impossibility that they support.
Which is, you cannot benefit from that which you continually vilify.
Either shut up about the commitment of gay soldiers, or strap up a gun yourselves and enter the trench.
If you're not doing either, then yeah...STFU!

When it's all said and done, and I know a youngster, in the Marines right now, who is undergoing training on the change in DADT policy: all the anti gay rhetoric pointed to gay soldier's changing radically on the field. As if simply being out would change their complete comportment and commitment.
When the truth is, it's the anti gay who won't admit THEY are the ones changing.

They only see openly gay soldiers as a cue to act out in hostility or to undercut duties and coordination with gay soldiers on the field. They want to influence young soldiers to not serve the orders they took an oath to follow, over the difference in knowing who was gay and who wasn't.
Wilfahrt's job, made him a hero.
Losing his life to save others, made him an angel.

It's a detestable human being who would deny the moral calling of a gay soldier who DOES take such risks, yet won't acknowledge them or make a way for others to serve that calling as well.
Thank you and thank you and thank you, PFC. Wilfarht's.

Regan DuCasse | April 2, 2011 12:30 PM

I mean thank you CORPORAL Wilfahrts!