View Full Version : I lost a friend; we all lost a hero

29th June 2007, 19:50
I lost a great friend last week...my buddy, Sid. We exchanged email messages on Tuesday and he sent me this pic. He was killed on Wednesday.


MAJ Sid Brookshire, Operations Officer (S3) for 1-64 AR, 3 ID was killed during an IED attack in Baghdad on 20 JUN 07. He left a wife and two small children.

If any of you are Patriot Guard Riders (or if you're not) and want to attend his services, here is the information as I know it:

Memorial Service: 1400 on Monday, 2 July at the Richmond Hill First Baptist Church (where the girls go to school), in Richmond Hill, GA. It's on Hwy 144 at 9184 Ford Avenue. Take I-95 and get off on the Hwy at Exit 144. Go east and the church will be on the right. There will be a reception following, and childcare provided. Please call the church if you will need childcare. 912-756-2196.

Burial Service: Friday, 13 July at Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA with full military honors sometime in the afternoon (exact time to be determined). A reception will follow at Point Loma College.

Tree Planting Ceremony: Thursday, 19 July at Fort Stewart GA. This is a ceremony to honor all 3rd ID fallen heroes for the past month.

If any of you make the trip to Richmond Hill on Monday, I'll see you there. I'll be in an Army Class A uniform, HARRISON on the name tag.

Here is the PGR link: http://www.patriotguard.org/Forums/tabid/61/postid/561928/view/topic/Default.aspx

Sid lived on two wheels. He rode a BMW R1100RT like it was a part of him...across the U.S from Ft. Irwin, CA to Newport, RI and back-and-forth to work everyday.

Sid and I attended the Naval War College together in Newport, RI last year. We took motorcycle rides through RI, MA and CT...and we tipped back a beer or two. He was as fine an officer, gentleman, father, husband and friend as I've ever known.

Thank you, Sid...

-MAJ Kenneth "Dean" Harrison


29th June 2007, 19:54
I'm sorry for your lost.

29th June 2007, 19:59
Sorry for your loss.

29th June 2007, 20:11
Thank you, emackel and bwheeler111. I appreciate your thoughts.

29th June 2007, 20:17
RIP. He was doing a good thing for his country. Damn shame it has to happen.

29th June 2007, 20:24
Sorry for yours and his family's loss.

R.I.P. Sid

29th June 2007, 20:27
I am very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.

29th June 2007, 20:45
This sucks..... I don't know what else to say, my heart goes out to the family.

29th June 2007, 20:51
Such sadness. Loosing someone you love is always a tough deal. He looks like a fine person.

RIP Sid.

Thank you for sharing this.

hawk mechanic
29th June 2007, 20:56
Godspeed Maj Brookshire.

I hate hearing about fallen comrades. Condolences to his family, friends, and brothers and sisters in uniform.


29th June 2007, 20:59
Very sorry to hear this sad news...it makes it that much worse when you've recently communicated with a friend and then they're gone! Much too abrupt...Sid sounded like he was a great man..May he rest in peace.:usa2 :usaflag

29th June 2007, 21:01
That sucks Dino. Thank you for putting a face on the numbers we hear on the radio every day. Thank you for your service too! You are American Heroes in my book, "The Best and The Brightest".

29th June 2007, 21:18
Very sorry about your loss. Please give my respects to his wife and little ones. Sincerly

29th June 2007, 21:40
RIP Major, and condolences to his comrades and family. He sounds like a total stud, we surely lost another hero.


29th June 2007, 22:02
So sorry to hear that. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. I am indebted to him for his courage, his dedication, and his sacrifice.

29th June 2007, 22:07
So sorry man,it sucks that we have to pay with the lives of our best to defeat the worst that the world throws our way .:(

29th June 2007, 22:07
Sorry for your loss Dino, RIP Sid. Thank you doesn't say enough, but it's all I got.

29th June 2007, 22:10
I'm So sorry for your loss, And his !!

God Bless You Man !!!!

29th June 2007, 22:19
God speed Sid, You've spent your time in hell.

A prayer to the family, give them streangth..

29th June 2007, 22:25
Thank you all for your responses. When I see his widow on Monday, I'll be sure to tell her there are a lot of good people offering prayers and condolences.

29th June 2007, 22:32
That's a damn shame. Sorry for his loss.

Steve Schonfeld
(former MAJ, USAR)

29th June 2007, 22:35
Sorry for the loss of your friend, God Bless.

29th June 2007, 23:03
Sorry for your loss, I will remember him and his family in my prayers.

29th June 2007, 23:18
My heart goes out to all his family and friends.

rick szymanski
29th June 2007, 23:42
my condolences.

29th June 2007, 23:45
Every time I read something like this, it takes a bit out of me.

My condolences to his family and to you as well....:usa2

30th June 2007, 00:00
I am with you snowman. I am the son of a 35 year Army retiree and many of my Brat friends have joined the forces. My condolences to all our fallen soldiers. It is an honorable profession with a heavy price.

30th June 2007, 00:20
Rip in Peace to an American Hero. Sorry for the loss of your friend and prayers to his friends and family. I will light a candle sunday.

From that picture he looks like on helluva guy , and I would imagine a handful in a fight.

I did not die

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Old Irish Toast

May you have food and raiment,
A soft pillow for your head,
May you be forty years in heaven
Before the devil knows you're dead.

30th June 2007, 00:27
Sorry for your loss,stay close to his family.

30th June 2007, 00:29
Sorry for the loss of your friend. Thoughts, prayers are with you and his family.

30th June 2007, 00:36
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I wish there were something I could say to ease the pain of those who knew and loved him, but words seem so inadequate at times like these. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

30th June 2007, 02:37
God bless the men and women who serve our country...I can sleep at night because I know they are on duty, here in the US and especially abroad. Sorry to hear of your loss.


30th June 2007, 02:45
The older I get, the more stories like this choke me up.

Deepest sympathy to all.


30th June 2007, 04:11
There is scholarship money being raised for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which is to send children of the deceased service members to college.

Check out http://www.hannityfreedomconcert.com/

:clap :clap :clap

30th June 2007, 04:47
Brother's By Choice........

I thank you for your service, and the Sacrifice of your friend.

A true Hero never comes home.

Westpac ' 94
Operation Southern Watch

30th June 2007, 05:09
I am really sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and his family.

30th June 2007, 11:31
You guys are great. Thanks so much for your support...to me, Sid's family, our troops and your country. Someday, history will clearly show he did not die in vain. I'm glad so many of you already get it.

I'm off for Savannah to attend the service...by way of Orlando for a day or two. I never wanted to ride the scoot more than on this trip, but I'm dragging the family along.

I'll pass your well-wishes to Sid's widow. Thank you, again.


henry p ratas
30th June 2007, 12:09
Very sorry for the loss

30th June 2007, 12:46
Rest in peace Sir.

30th June 2007, 16:45
Sad day for America to lose such a fine man.

Thank God the Patriot Guard Riders will be there to give this man the respect he deserves.

7th July 2007, 16:00
Major Sid W Brookshire was a wonderfful person and cared for all of those he knew and meant something in his life.

28th September 2007, 00:16
seeing a member of our services killed, is still like getting kicked in the gut to me.

sorry for your loss

28th September 2007, 00:18
My deepest condolences for the loss of a good friend.

28th September 2007, 00:21
Condolences. RIP Soldier.


28th September 2007, 00:25
I'm sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to all who knew him.

28th September 2007, 00:42
God Bless this hero, blessings to his family and friends.

Rock Bottom
28th September 2007, 00:45
Rest Easy Major, God speed, as you have given your all. Welcome to Fiddlers Green

28th September 2007, 00:46
Another that has paid the ultimate price for the rest of us ... my deepest sympathies to his family and friends .

28th September 2007, 01:30
Gee, that news comes right off the page and smacks you across the head.
Seeing a picture of a hero that has fallen... it rips your heart out.
It is very grounding… makes you stop and think about some of the
relatively silly things we sometimes spend precious time debating.
Our brothers are in harms way, so that we may sleep in peace
and so that our kids can grow up knowing a freedom not available
everywhere. I am Canadian, we have lost some of ours also in this
horrible battle. Usually on the news you hear a number.
Seeing the picture that was posted… such a fine looking person,
in the midst of life, taken away far too soon.
God give his family strength. and God bless all those who stand
in the face of the devil sometimes paying the ultimate price.
May his family know no more pain and sadness.

28th September 2007, 01:34
Like all of us on the Forum, I am sorry for your loss and for those around him.
I am greatfull for his service to our country.

casting dice
28th September 2007, 01:39
Sincere condolences to all.

28th September 2007, 01:42
My condolences to you and his family.

28th September 2007, 01:44
It is especially sad when anyone of our friends dies as a result of conflict. You and his family can take some comfort that he died in the service of his country. Very few of us can say that. I hope that his sacrifice and those of his fellow troops can result in a lasting peace that can be a memorial to their sacrifices. Amen

28th September 2007, 02:00
Brave men let the rest sleep peacefully at night. Sorry for your loss.

28th September 2007, 02:10
Another reminder that Freedom is not Free.

28th September 2007, 02:27
My deepest and sincerest condolences goes to you and his family. May he rest in peace. God Bless...


Don Burton
29th September 2007, 12:04
Rough when it happens. Tough years later. He'll never be forgotten.