Ian P Weikel
West Point, 1997
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by CPT John Wilson on April 26, 2006:
Ian Weikel was one of the best human beings I have ever met. When I heard that Ian had been killed in combat, my heart sunk. After thinking more about it, I no longer feel bad for this great man from Colorado. Ian led a life that was rich. As company mates, I always looked upon Ian with envy. He was everything that I wanted to be: optimistic, fun-loving, and hard working. He was also a man of deep faith, though he never wore it on his sleeve. He was one of those blokes whose actions marked him as a man of God. Though we were peers, I looked up to him. There was no doubt in my mind that he was going to be a great officer. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to see Ian a few times. I was taking a convoy up to Mosul and I called his unit's TOC to let them know we had entered their sector. Hearing Ian's voice on the other end gave me a sense of security. I knew that if we got into trouble, Ian had my back. I also had the chance to see Ian and Wendy at CAS3 where we took in a bible study. I was so impressed not only with the richness and sincerity of Ian's faith, but at what a wonderful couple Ian and Wendy had become. You could see very clearly that Ian loved Wendy with all his heart. I have never met JT, but I bet he is a chip off the old block. Someday, I hope to sit down with him and tell him what a great man his father was. I am proud to have known him and will always consider him my brother. Thanks Ian.
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