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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OBL's Death - Jesse's Thoughts

I e-mailed Jesse on Monday morning and asked him if he would like to write something about Osama Bin Laden's death for the blog. When I talked to him later that morning he seemed a little hesitant and said he doesn't write much. But sure enough, yesterday I received an e-mail from him that included a few paragraphs about his feelings about OBL's death.

I'm not going to lie, after reading the first paragraph, I thought "There is no way I'm going to put this up on my blog, this is not how I feel!!!" And then I read the rest of it and really thought about it. Jesse comes from a whole different perspective than I do. He has been to Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Qatar, etc. He has been helping to fight this war on terrorism himself. Of course he has a different opinion that I do. And then I was overcome with pride from my husband. I might not agree with his opinion, but that certainly doesn't mean that I can't respect it.

So here is a word from Jesse:

Thank you SEAL Team 6, one of the biggest reasons I enlisted in the Air Force is now missing half his head and all of his soul. I can’t describe how thankful we all are to you guys. I would give almost anything to have been there to pull the trigger myself!

When it was known that OBL was the sinister mastermind behind 9/11, I don’t think I’ve ever been so enraged and emotional about any one person in my life. It was a feeling that resonated in the deepest parts of my heart. I was in college in Minneapolis, MN on 9/11 and I remember that day like it was yesterday. I knew that I had to do something or contribute to keep America free from people like this. I had some major issues going on in school and my personal life at the time, but when I could, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I’m not going to say that was my only reason for joining, but I really would do anything for God and His country. I’ve been a Loadmaster on the C-17A Globemaster that carries cargo and passengers all over the world for almost 8 years now. I’ll never know, but I hope with all my heart that we carried those SEAL’s and the ammo that took him out.

Throughout the last decade, I have thought about this “man” as the lowest scum on earth. There is nothing on earth as pure evil as he was. In his last few acts of life, he decides to use a woman as a human shield to protect him, how messed up is that?? He wants nothing more that to kill anyone that is an "infidel" or believes in something different that him. I am proud to be labeled an infidel and an American!!

Honestly though, I haven’t given much thought to OBL the last couple of years until now. In a way, he has been dead since that attack on our great country. If nothing else, I hope this brings closure; closure to all the loved ones and family of the victims that paid the unlimited sacrifice. God Bless you all


  1. Thank you for sharing this. It's a very touchy subject for many and to get his persective is refreshing.

  2. Jesse's service is held so close to my heart, as is every service members. And I thank him (and you) for having the courage to write this and post it on your blog. We all remember 9/11/01 and while some may not be happy with his death, the world is a better place today because of the proud and dedicated service members, like Jesse, and because of SEALs team 6. I am proud to say I serve with these men and women. I am proud to say I am a Marine spouse. And I am proud that we are all Americans and all part of the big military family.
    Thank you Stephanie and Jesse.

  3. Thank you for sharing Jesse's perspective. Mine is a bit more emotional and empathetic, but I'm a woman who has never served our country so I loved reading from someone who has. I am mostly sad that OBL dedicated his life to terror and false religion. It saddens me that when he stood before the judgment seat of God, he knew he got it wrong (life, doctrine, EVERYTHING!). I'm glad we got him, I'm glad he can no longer terrorize people, but I am sad that he will forever be separated from God and never know the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Is that weird to feel that way about a monster?


Jesse is active duty Air Force and is originally from southern Minnesota. He has also managed to become a follower of just about every hobby known to man (which drives his wife crazy!).

Henry was born on July 4, 2007. His hobbies include playing with his squeaker toys, barking a little girls, dock jumping, going to the dog park, and being spoiled rotten by his grandparents.

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