Paul John Finken
West Point, 1989
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Rich Morales on November 9, 2006:
Paul and I served across the river from one another here in Baghdad. Each time I saw him, same smile and great attitude. We also commanded companies in Vilseck Germany together in sister battalions.
I recently lost another friend and one of our BN S3s, also an infantryman, to this fight earlier this month. There is a hole in my soul when i think of their families back home and the loss units now feel as a result of their passing. Both of these deaths are tragic beyond words, but neither of my friends died in vain. Paul, we miss you and owe you a debt that can not be repaid.
To the Finken family, I wish I had something to say to you that could ease your sorrow. I will share what I recently emailed a fellow West Point Classmate about Brother Finken: "Paul died doing what he was great at, leading from the front. He was respected and admired by folks who saw him day in and day out in this mess, giving it his all. You and I will soon take command of battalions and I can only hope that our Soldiers have Paul's heart and dedication."
Christy and I keep the Finkens in our prayers. Everyday I wear this uniform, I will work to honor Paul and my brothers in arms.
Rich Morales, '89
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