SSG Zachary Tomczak - 82nd Airborne Division, US Army
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A narrative about SSG Tomczak:
My brother in the sky is Zachary Tomczak, SSG of the United States ARMY’s prestigious 82ndAirborne Division. Tomczak and I served together in 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. We trained together. We went to war together.
One of my fondest memories is from way back in 2006. Zach and I went through Fort Bragg’s Pre Ranger Course together. Now, I didn’t always follow the rules and I’m not going to tell you how I did it, but I went into PRC with A LOT of contraband. I’m pretty sure I was the only one there with 4 weeks worth of chewing tobacco. We went through PRC together in December and those were some cold days. Zach and I laid in the woods for several hours “pulling security” while another squad was conducting a mission. We were just chewing tobacco, giggling, huddling up to keep each other warm, doing what we needed to do to keep spirits high. I’ll never forget the smile on his face. I was used to breaking the rules, he on the other hand, was not. He was so scared of being caught by one of the RI’s. It was funny.
I failed to complete PRC but Zach made it through with flying colors. He went onto Ranger school and I went onto war. I think he joined us just about the time I had been shot, maybe a little sooner, maybe after, I can’t remember. He came back with his Ranger Tab, and I went home to a hospital bed.
I got the news while I was laid up in the hospital that Zach had been KIA in Iraq on September 25th, 2007. I broke down. I was helpless. Laid up in a hospital bed while my brothers were continuing the fight and I couldn’t be there to help them. Not that I could have saved Zach, but I would have been beside him.
I understand that this is a part of war and do not have feelings of guilt. Rather than pity his death, I fucking honor his life and his sacrifice. Here was a man. Here was a soldier, an American. Better in every possible way than I could ever hope to be. So, I carry him in memory and will forever chase my potential in his honor.
Now, that memory, that strength I draw from him doesn’t have to leave when I turn my head away from the sky. I will carry his name on my arms and draw strength while I face my new battlefield, a battlefield where I’m simply fighting a war against myself. Always fighting to be better. I fucking love you brother. You giveme the strength to carry on. – Derek Weida
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