Sergeant Jonathan K. Peney
SGT. Jonathan K. Peney – SAVANNAH – SGT Jonathan K. Peney, 22, was killed during combat in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on 1 June 2010. He was a Medic assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, located at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. Jonathan was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on July 1, 1987, but Georgia has been his home since 1999. He is survived by his wife, Kristin E. Peney and his mother, Susan L. Peney. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10 AM from the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, with Father John Johnson, Celebrant.
My son, SGT Jonathan K Peney (22), was killed in action on June 1st, 2010 at 1000 EST. Jon is an Army Ranger Medic. He has always wanted to be a solider. He loves our country. I love my son. The worse possible nightmare to a mother is to see the notification team walking towards you in full dress uniform. But what allows me to grieve is what stands behind those uniforms. I know my son was doing what he loved – protecting our freedoms!!!!! He did not hesitate to go to the aid of another fallen Ranger when a sniper mortally wounded my son. Jon comes home today and I cry not only because I will not see his face and mischief pranks but because most Americans don’t understand “freedom is not free”. Freedom is earned and respected. Freedom is a privilege. My son is a hero but to me he is my son and child. Jon will be missed but never forgotten. Jon and many others who give the ultimate sacrifice do so with pride and no regrets. God bless America and long may it’s flag wave! God bless all who serve in the military.
I ask that each and everyone of you when you see an individual in uniform to acknowledge their presence. This can be done by simply place your right open hand over your heart as you walk by them. Pay for their cup of coffee. Pay for their meal – you don’t have to let them know you are doing this kind gesture. Just ask your waitress to pay for them without any grand affair. Our military men and women do not receive enough recognition from us. They deserve kindness. I am a hugging person so I just usually walk up to them and give a hug. Handshakes are good. You never know if that solider sitting at the airport or walking down the street has just returned to our wonderful country from a war torn area. You don’t know what those eyes and heart are carrying all for the sake of our freedoms! You don’t know if that solider is going to war and doesn’t know what to expect he will see. We all need to stand up PROUD to be an American and support our military. God Bless America and all who serve in our military.
My dear son – welcome home! You did not die in vain! I love you. Mom