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SPC Anthony J Dixon

June 8, 2012

This week, the American Hero Project honors Specialist Anthony J Dixon, of Lindenwold, New Jersey. Anthony’s story is one of bravery, courage and the ability to stand in the face of fear. I learned over the past few weeks, no matter who had a story about this soldier, no one tells it better than his mom. So, this week, we leave you with the words of a mother. A mother who grieves and remembers, but also celebrates a life she brought into this world; the life of an American Hero.

Anthony, a 20 year old from Lindenwold, NJ, had a plan for his future. His plan was to complete his military duty, go to college and go into law enforcement, like his older brother, and eventually he hoped to marry the girl of his dreams. He would often email home and tell of horrible conditions in Iraq. He spoke of one special day when a car bomb exploded. He went out to see if he could help and an Iraqi man died in his arms. His words were simply, “Mom that changed my life forever.”

That day, no one knew August 1st, 2004, would change our family’s lives forever.

After returning from one mission, Anthony decided he would go out with another unit. His Humvee missed one explosive, however another explosive detonated shortly after. Anthony was killed instantly.

In his possession; a single dog tag. Inscribed on it, a passage from the old testament in Joshua 1:9.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (KJV)

Anthony had told his sisters a few days prior that if ‘anything should happen to me, CELEBRATE!’ So, we celebrated his life on August 7th, 2004. There is so much comfort in knowing that he gave his life doing what he felt was right. We all know freedom isn’t free and that someone has to pay a price. Anthony did just that and is now and eternally resting in the arms of Jesus.

~Jackie Dixon, mother of Anthony Dixon

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