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Les Patterson????????s Monday Morning Boost: ??????A Taste of Whiskey??????

??????So I????????m going to war next week.?????? That????????s how Private Cody Towse started out his last post on his blog ??????A Taste of Whiskey.?????? He wrote that in December of last year. It turned out to be his final posting. Cody was a Utah soldier who was killed this past week in Afghanistan. He was 21.

Cody Towse joined the Army in 2011. He originally wanted to join the Navy, perhaps wanting to follow in his father????????s footsteps, a Navy veteran. But when Cody went to the recruiting station for a scheduled meeting, the Navy recruiter was not in. So ??????walking it alone,?????? as he would describe in another blog post, ??????realiz(ing) that no matter what you do, you????????re going to do it alone,?????? Cody walked next door and joined the Army.

Cody didn????????t frequently update his ??????Taste of Whiskey?????? blog, but when he did, it seemed easy to get a taste of who Cody was and what he thought. On March 22, 2011 Cody described his long at day at MEPS, the Military Entrance Processing Station:

I remember peeing in a cup. being taught how to ???????correctly???????? check a box on a form, getting a reasonably invasive physical exam, exercising in my underwear with five other recruits, and becoming pretty apprehensive about the fact that a couple of the guys in there were probably someday going to end up handling weapons that can wipe out small countries. ??????? By then of course I had mastered the ability to hurry up and wait.

The Army classifies their jobs as Military Occupational Specialties, commonly called MOS. Cody chose combat medic with the MOS code 63W, which is always phonetically pronounced ??????63-Whiskey.?????? Cody was fulfilling his duty as a combat medic, rendering aid to another soldier who had just been wounded, when a secondary explosion killed him and three others. The explosion was so massive, Cody was officially listed as ??????missing in action?????? for four days until they could positively identify his remains.

In his final post about ??????going to war,?????? Cody did what many others have also done when headed to war and wrote what has now become his ??????last letter home.??????

Anyway, I just wrote this so that I could tell people I like them. I never really tell people that I appreciate them. There are a lot of really great people in my life that mad[e] it a whole lot better, I just wish I’d told them more often, not that I plan on dying, because I can totally just tell them later, but that’s just something that I’ve been thinking about lately. People need to talk more??????? So if I send you some long passionate message about how much I love you, that’s why.

Cody also left a heart-touching quote from Winnie the Pooh in his final post: ??????If there ever comes a day when we can????????t be together??????? keep me in your heart, I????????ll stay there forever.??????

Have a great Monday. Thanks for letting me share.

Les Patterson

p.s. Take 15 minutes today and remember Cody by reading his blog: www.tasteofwhiskey.blogspot.com

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