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PFC Zachary R. Nordmeyer

August 24, 2012

This weeks American Hero is Private First Class Zachary Nordmeyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.

I recently came across a news feed of a father speaking about his son. This father was dedicated to his son’s memory. As the father stood at his son’s resting site, he told him he talks to him every day; and it never gets easier.

The resting site was that of PFC Nordmeyer. The father; his own.

Zachary grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Ben Davis high school. By all accounts, he was a young man with ambition. Ambition to learn, ambition to grow and ambition to lead. Principal Joel McKinney recalled the following of Zach:

“He was a very goal-oriented young man and wanted to be in the armed forces and wanted to develop his leadership skills.”

He did just that.

Zachary made his decision to join the United States Army. He was sworn in July of 2007 and never gave it a second thought. He explained to friends and family the benefits of being an American Soldier; and no one denied him the ability.

Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Dave Thompson facilitated the JROTC program at Ben Davis High School.

“There’s quiet leadership, and he was pretty strong at that early, but by his senior year, he kind of came out of his shell. He wasn’t afraid to encourage younger students to develop as cadets and do their best.”

Thompson stated the loss of former members of his JROTC put military service risks into a different light, yet the idea should’nt be discounted.

“It doesn’t make me question our mission, but it definitely gives me a different perspective in talking to the kids about what they’re getting into. You don’t want them going into the military without understanding the ramifications.”

PFC Nordmeyer was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska;

Tragically, an American Hero was lost on February 23rd, 2009 in Balad, Iraq. Zachary died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Today, Zachary lies in rest at Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. His family remembers him for the time they spent together, good times and the bad, the happy times and the sad times and the opportunities they had to simply remember his laugh.

Today, Zachary is remembered as an American Hero.



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