1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



They Serve!

John McCurdy - July 22, 2012

Today Pearl and I wrote a note to her grand-niece Lori Slonaker Lincoln (Pearls sister Lorestines granddaughter)  and her husband Don. Both of them wanted to serve their country and took commissions in the Army upon their graduation from college. I wanted to tell you about them and I got some info from their parents. When last we saw Lori and Don six months ago they both looked as though they should still be in High school, about in the sophomore year.

Captain Lori E. Lincoln, US Army, is the daughter of Ronald and Jeanie Knapp Slonaker of Kearneysville and Buffalo Ridge Farm, Renick. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with a Honors Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and minors in Economics and Spanish. In 2007 Lori graduated from WVU College of Law and passed the WV State Bar to practice law. She was commissioned as a Captain In The US Army Judge Advocate General's Corp after completing her military law training and Officers' Basic Training in 2008. She attended Airborne school and received her wings in August, 2008. From August, 2008 until February 2011, she was assigned to the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. In 20ll she was assigned as the brigade trial counsel in Bamberg, Germany. Currently she is deployed with the --------- and is stationed at -------- in Afghanistan as the trial counsel/operational law attorney. ( Lori has some ribbons, etc., but I don't know what they are,)

Captain Donald W Lincoln, US Army, is the son-in-law of Ronald and Jeanie Knapp Slonaker. In 2002 he graduated from Valley Forge Military College with an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. In 2004 he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. He was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY in 2004-05 in the 89th Cavalry Regiment. From 2006 to 2007 he was in Baghdad, Iraq focusing on scout and communications operations. From 2007 to 2008 he was a battle captain and operations officer for the Special Troops Battalion of the 2nd Brigade 10th MTN Div, Ft. Drum, NY and deployed to Afghanistan. In September 2008 Don was assigned as the signal officer for the 2-xxx Infantry Battalion, xxx1234, Vicenza, Italy. As of February 2011 he became the Company commander for the ,------------ Bamberg, Germany. Presently he is deployed with the ----------stationed at ---------in Afghanistan as a company commander. (This is Don's third war deployment in six years.) Don has received several medals, one being the bronze star. (I don't know the rest.) He has attended airborne school and jumpmaster school.

When as now, a lot of young men and women are choosing to evade the service, we were terribly impressed by the wedding party at their marriage a few years ago. Young, handsome men and women in their early twenties, in Dress Mess and gowns, nearly all of whom had chosen to serve this country in a foreign land, some of them unlikely to return. I ask the question others have asked, where do these young people come from. I question if we really deserve them, will they return to a better or a worse place than that from which they departed. We pray it will be better, My God, we owe it to them! May God Bless Them.

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